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Image Credits © Wibke Bramesfeld

From Google reviews to YouTube tutorials, and from online service desks to real-life ‘may I speak to the manager’ requests - we are all critics of our designed environment. It seems therefore strange, if not outrageous, that design criticism is a practice considered to be a haute-for-few instead of a low-for-all. Design belongs to all of us and, therefore, its criticism as well. How can we activate more people to become actively aware of and critical towards their designed environments?

In March 2020, Onomatopee launched CriticALL! - an open call to advocate for (un)professional everyday design criticism. Participants were asked to submit a short text that criticizes, discusses, analyzes or reflects upon an everyday design object, system, environment, or construct. The 15 selected essays were displayed individually in the project's installation and have been bundled in the CriticALL! publication alongside other (un)professional design critics' contributions.

Editor & Curator

Graphic Design

Text Editor



Joannette van der Veer

Studio Bramesfeld

Amy Gowen

Onomatopee Projects

Adina Glickstein

Alice Rawsthorn

Anniek Tijmes

Bessie Rubinstein

Ellen Lupton

Iskander Guetta

Jo Minhinnett

Josh Plough

Judith Leijdekkers

Lara Chapman

Lauren Thu

Pete Fung


Rosannagh Maddock

Stijn van de Vyver

Vanessa Brazeau

Vincent van Velsen

Y. Selim

Zack Wellin

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