Critically debating the future of design, architecture, and the creative sector

Finally, Britain has formally left the European Union. Throughout the process, it exposed a chasm between designers and their audience. It's a historic moment, one that will present many opportunities and challenges – none more important than recognising the need to actively re-engage with our audience – a prerequisite for great design.

The Dissenters Design Network is committed to challenging orthodoxies and discussing the undiscussable. But we also look to champion creative work that is breaking with the stultifying, ideologically loaded creative culture that dominates today.

We are a network of independent designers, architects, planners, writers and researchers who challenge orthodox thinking, encourage much-needed critical debate, underpinned by a limitless sense of what is possible. 

We came together because we felt there is not much of this spirit around at present — especially in the creative sector — and with many who feel isolated as a result. 

Acting alone can be difficult; hence, our network provides an intellectual space to meet other like-minded creatives, exchange ideas and promote tolerant-yet-questioning debate about the future of the creative sector. 

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February 2020

A House for Writers

What is the link between a theatre in Barcelona and an Irish playwright who wrote in French? Vicky Richardson looks at the work of Flores & Prats at Sala Beckett and its inspiration in the plays of Samuel Beckett.

Originally published in the brochure that accompanied the exhibition, What Where: Crossing boundaries in the architecture of Sala Beckett (here's the whole brochure along with the essay for context).



Down with ‘social design’

Originally published in spiked.

The recent launch of a group called Designers for Extinction Rebellion may seem at first to be small potatoes. But this is actually the latest manifestation of the design world’s elitist and illiberal ‘social design’ agenda. This is an ideological outlook that is deeply problematic for two reasons: it is anti-design and it is anti-people.


November 2019

"The creative industries are misreading the public"

Originally published in Dezeen.

With Brexit the British people have shown a greater appetite for risk than the creative sector, which needs to take the public more seriously or risk becoming irrelevant, says Martyn Perks of the Dissenters Design Network.



Seven questions we should all be asking

The Creative Industries Federation’s Open letter to the New Prime Minister calls on the Government for its continued support.

Here we offer The Dissenters Design Network’s responses, for much-needed debate about the future value of the creative industries.