These days, I seem to be explaining what critical design is to a lot of people. Goldsmiths and the RCA are the main players in the field of critical design, but recently I’ve come across people that could count themselves as critical designers but aren’t aware of it.
As I understand it, critical design is social commentary through designing. Calling it design rather than art leads viewers to believe that the design exists, or could really exist in the real world. Because of this, the response from the viewer is stronger, and their level of engagement can be greater. Critical design exists to throw up questions, often about ethical implications of current issues.