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Nostalgic Design

Rhetoric, Memory, and Democratizing Technology (Composition, Literacy, and Culture)

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.

Praise For Nostalgic Design: Rhetoric, Memory, and Democratizing Technology (Composition, Literacy, and Culture)

“Recognizing nostalgia as the creative glue that binds emerging design processes in areas ranging from crafting communities, anti-vaccination discourse, UX design, and more,Nostalgic Design validates and empowers non-experts in these processes, and provides for experts a means by which they come to value the design knowledge of those outside of their professions. As a roadmap to successful future collaborations, this book has much potential in professional and academic settings alike.” —Ben McCorkle, Ohio State University at Marion

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822965527, 248pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

About the Author

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