“The Art of Critical Making” Published
RISD’s culture of critical making forms the focus of a new book being released this month by Wiley, a publisher of educational, business and professional development books, among others in its large family of brands and imprints. Called The Art of Critical Making: Rhode Island School of Design on Creative Practice, the attractive 272-page hardcover (and e-book) is co-edited by RISD Provost Rosanne Somerson 76 ID and Mara Hermano, executive director of Strategic Planning and Academic Initiatives.
The new book presents a series of essays by faculty and other academic leaders – along with selected images of student and alumni work – on RISD’s approach to critical making, which involves the hand and mind working to create objects and experiences with real meaning and value. In teasing out how RISD nurtures creative practice, from initial spark to finished outcome, it makes a case for the value of critical making within and beyond the realms of art and design, suggesting approaches to navigating complex problems that may be relevant to people in a wide range of fields and situations.