Peter Buwert

Peter Buwert

Dr. Peter Buwert

Lecturer

Biography

Peter Buwert is a graphic design lecturer and researcher whose work focusses on the ethical dimensions and implications of visual communication design.
His PhD, completed in 2016 through Gray's School of Art, is entitled "Ethical Design: A Foundation for Visual Communication" and presents the case that design is by its very nature a foundationally ethical activity.
Research is currently focussing on connections between aesthetics, ethics and politics in society, exploring possibilities through which visual communication design could support and maintain a "blind-spot culture" which casts light on those areas of society which we systematically overlook and fail to address.

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An/Aesth/Ethics: the ethical potential of design

Journal Article
Buwert, P. M. (2015)
An/Aesth/Ethics: the ethical potential of design. Artifact, 3(3), 4. https://doi.org/10.14434/artifact.v3i3.3960
Design is often thought of as an activity seeking to change existing situations into preferred ones (Simon, 1969). But how are designers to discern what the nature of this “pr...

Defamiliarisation, Brecht and Criticality in Graphic Design

Book
Buwert, P. (2016)
Defamiliarisation, Brecht and Criticality in Graphic Design. In Modes of Criticism 2: Critique of Method, 25-38. ISBN 9789279734762
Our lives are habitual. We habitualise what is familiar in order to be able to function day to day, and through this a vast chunk of our living becomes automatic. The process ...

Designers are seizing Wall Street – but can they improve your life?

Digital Artefact
Buwert, P. (2016)
Designers are seizing Wall Street – but can they improve your life?
Designers are seizing Wall Street – but can they improve your life?

Shepard Fairey’s inauguration posters may define political art in Trump era

Digital Artefact
Buwert, P. (2017)
Shepard Fairey’s inauguration posters may define political art in Trump era
The American street artist Shepard Fairey created a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign. It was 2008 and the simple red, beige and blue stencilled image o...

Aesthetic Justice. Design for a blind-spot culture

Journal Article
Buwert, P. (2017)
Aesthetic Justice. Design for a blind-spot culture. Design Journal, 20(sup1), S38-S48. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1353017
This paper presents a conception of aesthetic justice which builds on thoughts of Theodor Adorno and Wolfgang Welsch and attempts to reconcile design’s relationships with both...

Potentiality: the ethical foundation of design

Journal Article
Buwert, P. (2017)
Potentiality: the ethical foundation of design. Design Journal, 20(sup1), S4459-S4467. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352942
This paper presents the argument that design is by nature an activity which extends and transforms potentiality and that therefore, because of this, it is always an ethical ac...

Examining the Professional Codes of Design Organisations

Conference Proceeding
Buwert, P. (2018)
Examining the Professional Codes of Design Organisations. In C. Storni, K. Leahy, M. McMahon, P. Lloyd, & E. Bohemia (Eds.), Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2018: Catalyst, 172-186
Many of the professional organisations within the various fields of design activity publish professional codes of ethics in one form or another. This paper opens up a discussi...

Design and Emergent Ethical Crises

Book Chapter
Buwert, P. (in press)
Design and Emergent Ethical Crises. In A. DeRosa, & L. Scherling (Eds.), Ethics in Design and CommunicationLondon: Bloomsbury Publishing
No abstract available.

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