In Design after Capitalism, Matthew Wizinsky argues for design practices to reorient toward deliberate transitions of everyday politics, social relations, and economies. Looking at design through the lens of political economy, Wizinsky calls for the field to transcend the logics, structures, and subjectivities of capitalism—to combine design entrepreneurship with social empowerment in order to facilitate new ways of producing those things, symbols, and experiences that make up everyday life.

Design after Capitalism was published by the MIT Press in March 2022.

Design after Capitalism was published by the MIT Press in March 2022.

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“The best design books of 2022” by Fast Company.

Design After Capitalism is part alternative history of design and capitalism entanglements, part case studies of post- and anti-capitalist design from around the world, and part tool kit to begin imagining new ways of design—ways of talking about it, ways of practicing it, and ways of engaging with it that could exist in a post-capitalist future.” —Jarrett Fuller


The 2023 Design Incubation Communication Design Awards

Design after Capitalism was recognized by Design Incubation with a Communication Design Award for Best in Publications / Scholarship.


“Matthew Wizinsky shows designers how to erode capitalism from the inside out by nurturing the commons and creating tools for cooperation and exchange. Above all, designers can help us downsize everything from packaging and waste to the ever-expanding work week of the creative classes.”

Ellen Lupton

Senior Curator of Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; co-author of Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers

“An essential examination of the potential for design and designers to contribute to societal transitions toward more sustainable, equitable, and desirable long-term futures.”

Terry Irwin

Director of the Transition Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

“Wizinsky’s provocative thinking leads us to ask: why wait for the end of capitalism to expand design practice beyond its historical development? Let’s start now.”

Carlos Teixeira

Charles L. Owen Professor in Design, Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design

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