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.
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
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