I am currently co-authoring, illustrating, and designing An Illustrated Guide to Prototyping the Past with Dr. Jentery Sayers. The book explores how historical design practices, products, and user experiences inform current design decisions.
I am responsible for researching historical design practices, prototyping or carrying out these design practices, and creating illustrations that clearly communicate problems and case studies.
Each chapter of the book addresses a different social, economic, archival, technical, or political problem and communicates these problems through visual metaphors, instructional photographs, illustrations, and textual descriptions and arguments.
Throughout the book, prototyping is used as a method of inquiry rather than verification. The goal is not to use prototypes as a means to prove historical truths or expose undiscovered facts. Instead, we prototype objects, methods, or technologies in order to better understand how historical design practices evolved into current ones, what problems existed, and how they inform current social issues.
An Illustrated Guide to Prototyping the Past is a co-authored book by Danielle Morgan and Jentery Sayers. It is expected to be complete December, 2020.