Rob Walker

Essays by contributing writers will be posted in June 2017

Rob Walker is a journalist covering design, technology, business, the arts, and other subjects. He writes The Workologist for the Sunday Business section of The New York Times, and contributes to a variety of other publications and media outlets. His most recent book, co-edited with Joshua Glenn, is the collection Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things. He is on the faculty of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York (USA).

Essays will take into consideration the changes brought about by digital technology, and the web as a source of information, a space for exchanges, and a site of power dynamics. They will explore commodity culture, provide analysis of how ordinary objects live out their lives through design, redesign, and critical design. They will reflect upon the challenges of intellectual property, public domain, culture sharing, and the electronic frontier. They will discuss #exstrange’s advocacy for borrowing platforms such as eBay (intended for the purpose of person-to-person trade and money exchange) and will consider the role of the stranger as a mobile figure, circulating goods and ideas, as well as the connection between this mobility, online commerce and social media.