Nostalgic Design: Rhetoric, Memory, and Democratizing Technology

Nostalgic Design: Rhetoric, Memory, and Democratizing Technology

by William C. Kurlinkus


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Nostalgic Design presents a rhetorical analysis of twenty-first century nostalgia and a method for designers to create more inclusive technologies. Nostalgia is a form of resistant commemoration that can tell designers what users value about past designs, why they might feel excluded from the present, and what they wish to recover in the future. By examining the nostalgic hacks of several contemporary technical cultures, from female software programmers who knit on the job to anti-vaccination parents, Kurlinkus argues that innovation without tradition will always lead to technical alienation, whereas carefully examining and layering conflicting nostalgic traditions can lead to technological revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822965527
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William Kurlinkus is an assistant professor of English and the director of technical writing and communication at the University of Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

Preface. Why Nostalgia? Why Here? Why Now?
Part I. Identifying Nostalgic Conflicts
Chapter 1. Nostalgic Design: Between Innovation and Tradition
Chapter 2. Nostalgic Resistances: Identifying Craft Resistances in Everyday Workplaces
Part II. Mediating Nostalgia
Chapter 3. Nostalgic Deliberations: What I Mean When I Say “Democratizing Technology”
Chapter 4. Nostalgic Mediation: Asking the Right Questions in Vaccine Communication
Chapter 5. Nostalgic Negotiations: Adapting, Adopting, and Refusing Client Expertise
Part III. Designing for Nostalgia
Chapter 6. Nostalgic UX: Designing for Future Memories
Afterword. From English Major to Designer

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