Made in China, Designed in California, Criticised in Europe

Design Manifesto



ISBN: 9789063695873 Category:

Mieke Gerritzen, Geert Lovink


When everything is destined to be designed, design disappears into the everyday. We simply do not see it anymore because it is everywhere. This is the vanishing act of design. At this moment, design registers its redundancy: our products, environments and services have been comprehensively improved. Everything has been designed to perfection and is under a permanent upgrade regime.

Within such a paradigm, design is taken over by the capitalist logic of reproduction. But this does not come without conflicts, struggles and tensions. The most obvious of these, is that design is constantly being replaced. Our dispense culture prompts a yearning for longevity. The compulsion to delete brings alive a desire to retrieve objects, ideas and experiences that refuse to become obsolete. Society is growing more aware of sustainability and alert to the depletion of this world. For the ambitious designer, it is time to take the next step: designing the future with a more holistic consideration and approach. The book is a critical look at the design world with its various design disciplines and how these have developed in the past 10 years. Made in China, Designed in California, Criticised in Europe is for professional designers that care about design, the environment and how we live.

Additional information

Weight 148 g
Dimensions 11.5 x 17.4 cm
Publisher name BIS Publishers
Publication date 8 February 2021
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 11.5 x 17.4 cm
Weight 148 g

Mieke Gerritzen is founder of The Image Society in Amsterdam. She was director of MOTI, Museum of the Image in Breda. As designer in the early 90s, she was involved with digital media initiatives like Waag Society and VPRO Digital. She belongs to the Dutch new media pioneers. Gerritzen is fascinated and critical on developments that involves technology and influences the world of art and design. She published 10 books and organised conferences and events, like Me You And Everyone is a Curator in 2011.

Gerritzen was head of the design department Sandberg Institute from 2002-2009, the master course connected to Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Networks Without a Cause (2012) and Sad by Design (2019). Since 2004 he is researcher at the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. His institute has recently organised conferences and research network events around topics such as: the politics and aesthetics of online video, urban screens, Wikipedia, the culture of search, digital publishing strategies and alternatives in social media.