Verso Books

Medium Design

Knowing How to Work on the World

Keller Easterling

Keller Easterling’s Medium Design offers a possible way out of the rails that characterize our current approach to the world by not looking for a way out. Instead, the author proposes an approach that defeats our solutionist perspective on design: what if we could exploit problems, instead of trying to fix them? Challenging current cultural habits, Medium Design is an indeterminate approach to space focusing on the interaction between different entities, and based on the notion that designing these interplays has a higher potential for change than anything designers have been doing so far. Bringing together a range of theoretical notions from a very broad range of disciplines, Easterling offers a fresh perspective that transcends the current boundaries of design. While the parameters to intervene on the interplays and exploit the latent potential are not as simple as the book might at times suggest, the presented historical examples and possible operational approaches can be the provocative nudge that prospective medium designers need.

— Chiara Dorbolò, Curator of the Architecture Book Fair 2021

Author: Keller Easterling

Publisher: Verso Books

Cover: Casebound

First year edition: 2021