Nostalgic Design

Rhetoric, Memory, and Democratizing Technology

This book is a necessary and welcome addition to the larger English studies literature, particularly in an era when English departments, and the humanities more generally, are under attack. . . . Nostalgic Design is an excellent work of scholarship that deserves high praise in the field.

Circulating Ethical Digital Writing

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.

272 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

December, 2018

isbn : 9780822965527

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William C. Kurlinkus

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

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