Damon Taylor is a design theorist and cultural historian.
His career background has been alongside practitioners and design professionals. His research examines the interface between virtual culture and the design and use of physical objects, including augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and commodity aesthetics.
Dr Damon Taylor is a design theorist and cultural historian with a long record of working with practitioners and design professionals. He has a BA in Design History from Staffordshire University, a Masters degree in Cultural Studies from Leeds University and he received his PhD from University College Falmouth in collaboration with University of the Arts London. He has worked at a range of leading institutions across the sector and for three years he was head of Historical and Critical Studies at Buckinghamshire New University. He recently completed a programme of research in the Department of Industrial Design Engineering at Technical University Delft in the Netherlands, and as well as having being a very experienced teacher he is also an active writer and performer.
Developing out of research conducted at TU Delft as part of the Creative Industries Science Project, which centered upon the development of Product-Service Systems and their contribution to the expansion of the Dutch economy, a dominant strand of Dr Taylor’s research is presently concerned with ‘digital materialism’: the way in which virtual culture interfaces with the design and use of physical objects. He is currently investigating the development of modes of augmented reality (through devices such as Google Glasses), the expansion of ubiquitous computing (whereby technological systems come to be embedded in the useful things and environments we use everyday), and the mapping of everyday life through the manipulation of data systems and the creation of algorithms to shape the behaviour of users. His research interests also include the nature of commodity aesthetics, design as systemics and systems design, Dutch design and material culture, design and national identity, and the history of British pub interiors.
Taylor, Damon (2017) A Brief History of (Un)sustainable Design In: Chapman, Jonathan, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design. Routledge, London, pp. 11-24. ISBN 9781138910171
Taylor, Damon, Büscher, Monika, Murray, Lesley, Speed, Chris and Zamenopoulos, Theodore (2016) Rules of Thumb: An Experiment in Contextual Transposition In: Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2016 50th Anniversary Conference, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.
Taylor, Damon (2015) Laying Down Memories: The Cultural Mobility of Tejo Remy’s Chest of Drawers Journal of Design History, 29 (3). pp. 245-257. ISSN 0952-4649
Taylor, Damon (2014) Plugging in: power sockets, standards and the valencies of national habitus Journal of Material Culture. ISSN 1359-1835
Taylor, Damon (2013) After a Broken Leg: Jurgen Bey's Do Add Chair and the Everyday Life of Performative Things Design and Culture, 5 (3). pp. 357-374. ISSN 1754-7075
Taylor, Damon (2013) Spray-on socks: ethics, agency, and the design of product–service systems Design Issues, 29 (3). pp. 52-63. ISSN 0747-9360
Taylor, Damon (2011) “Smirting” in the designated area: the smoking shelter and the English public house Interiors, 2 (2). pp. 239-254. ISSN 2041-9112