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Earlier this year, when the pandemic began to accelerate, we produced Lockdown Paper, a special edition examining the immediate impact of Covid-19 on the fields we cover. Now, the team behind Disegno is immensely proud to present Disegno #27, a fully-fledged autumn issue packed with essays, conversations, and roundtables on the past six months in design.
Disegno #27 looks a little different from previous editions. We found that the tumultuous events of 2020 were ill-suited to tackle in the form of single-voice features with neat openings, arguments, and conclusions. The challenges facing the design industry are manifold and various – any editorial response would need to be similarly diverse and multifarious.
Therefore, we have opted for a slightly different format: Disegno #27 features a number of essays exploring the wider implications of the pandemic, as well as the renewed urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, for the fields of design, architecture, fashion, and technology. Our writers tackle topics ranging from the contested status of public monuments to the sound design of pandemic-era football’s artificial crowds; from the impact of inequitable e-scooter rollouts to the future of the design trade fair.
Vitally, Disegno #27 also comprises a large section dedicated to multi-voice conversations, interviews, and roundtables. These address issues that require a multitude of perspectives, and which have no easy or straightforward answers. Here, Where are the Black Designers? leads a conversation on Blackness in design; wayfinding designers discuss how best to help people navigate Covid-era transport networks; curators and practitioners ask how we can design with empathy as a guiding principle; and a fashion designer explains how she sidestepped existing distribution networks to create an emergency production line of PPE for hospital and care home staff.