Bastard Design Practices

An Archaeological Perspective


  • James Dyer The University of Huddersfield



design, pedagogy, media archaeology, design archaeology


Design is a bastard practice, it is fundamentally detached from its own inherited ethos so as to appear progressive, virtuous and fashionable. Such abstinence from knowledge and past experience models a practice that advocates competition over communion – a renunciation of experience and sanction of illusory solutionism. The design discipline would benefit greatly from the principle ideologies of archeology, a practice which uncovers the past to inform the present and shape the future. It is proposed here that a practice of Design Archeology be installed into fundamental design practices to create responsibility in the agency of design. Are we all archaeologists? not quite yet.


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Author Biography

James Dyer, The University of Huddersfield

James Dyer is a PhD candidate at the University of Huddersfield.


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How to Cite

Dyer, J. (2016). Bastard Design Practices: An Archaeological Perspective. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2(2), 252–254.