International Journal of Art & Design Education

A Culture of Objects

Volume 9.1   1990



The predomination of a particular cultural fiction is Christopher Crouch’s main concern in this paper. He proposes that design education is fundamentally misdirected if it fails to recognise that for the majority of pupils ‘design’ relates much more to a logic of consumption rather than production. He makes the point that few young people in modern Britain come into direct contact with adults who make things for their living, and argues that they cannot therefore be expected to accept unquestioningly the concept of adding cultural value to materials by fashioning goods out of them.