While the role of design in policy-making is now getting more and more accepted, I feel there is a need for designers to exert their influence more vigorously in order to have more impact on the political arena. Although design tools like participatory design and co-design are very effective, I believe a more performative approach is needed. Following the agonistic thinking of philosopher Mouffe, I think that opposition is not well represented in current politics and conflicting ideas are acted out beyond the political arena. There is a need for designers who can open up the political space by making room for contestations. Next to this we need to ‘redesign’ conversations in order to make sure that all voices are heard.

Danielle Arets

Design Academy Eindhoven

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Fields of Action

adversarial design


redesign democracy