Post rational approaches in design

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation


Tom Ainsworth and Sally Sutherland presented a conversation and short film about moving towards post-rational approaches to design at the Wicked possibilities webinar. This is a provocation for discourse.

Ainsworth and Sutherland argue that shifting towards and recognising post-rational modes of design could open up possibilities when working with wicked challenges. They believe that this will help push new insights and new practices that benefit economic, ecological, political and social systems. Post-rational design embraces plurality, multiple relationalities, multi-sensoriality as fundamental components of relational practice.

To cite this presentation please use the following:
Ainsworth, T., and Sutherland, S. "Post-rational approaches to design." Presentation at Wicked Possibilities: Designing in and with systemic complexity [webinar], University of Brighton, UK, July 15, 2020.
Period15 Jul 2020
Event titleWicked possibilities: Designing in and with systemic complexity. Webinar.
Event typeOther
LocationBrighton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • post rational design
  • design research
  • wicked possibilities
  • design research for change
  • post rational
  • sustainable design