Design studio Alexis Mark on the value of criticism in design practice


For Copenhagen-based design studio Alexis Mark, its project and exhibition space – and now imprint – Annual Reportt provides the literal and cognitive space for engaging in critical design discourse. Focused on an interest in interdisciplinary practice, Annual Reportt “seeks to create a space in which the traditional definitions of various artistic disciplines are negotiable”, where creative practitioners can consider the nature of their practice, its overlaps and impact. Of the platform, the studio says: “It’s important to investigate and question the nature of the things we practice – the decisions we make, for whom and why we make them, what their consequences become.” And elaborating on why: “Obviously good design doesn’t materialise solely from conversations or reading, but we find that reflection and research (and a general social consciousness) can help provide for more interesting, original and explorative approaches. We live in a time in which the transmission of information is more impactful on society than ever before, and it seems very clear that without critical engagement from the professions responsible for it, we open the door for the exploitation of information.”

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