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About SOS


The School of Speculation, or SOS, is a new independent design school aimed at pushing back at the rise of vocational, workplace-based training in universities. SOS aims to increase intersectional diversity in design education as well as promoting the Arts as education by bringing together artists, students and designers at the bleeding edge of critical practice.

︎ What is SOS?
︎ What is Critical Design?
︎ Who is SOS?
︎ SOS Founders

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What is Critical Design?


SOS is not affirmative design. SOS believes in the power of critical design to challenge contemporary comforts and absurdities to reveal new, and sometimes surprising realities. Affirmative design problem solves to maintain society’s injustices; critical design creates problems in order to expose society’s injustice.

Critical design is an approach that allows designers to distance themselves from continuing the status quo, using the power of design to reveal underlying hard realities through politically challenging provocations. Critical design has no single conventional model but always aims to forensically dissect an understanding of the world to uncover new truths through speculation of near futures or evidentiary analysis of past events. We believe design must engage with the narratives that underlie the contemporary quotidien.



Untitled (2017). Katja Novitskova.





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