For what it is worth: a brief listing of readings from the world of  Cultural Production Studies with a special focus on the world of design.

Banks, M., Gill, R., & Taylor, S. (Eds.). (2014). Theorizing cultural work: Labour, continuity and change in the cultural and creative industries. Florence, KY: Taylor and Francis.

Becker, H. (1974).  Art as collective action. American Sociological Review, 39(6), 767 – 776.

Bennett, A., & Heller, S. (2006). Design studies: Theory and research in graphic design. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.
Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: A social critique of the judgment of taste. Cambridge, UK: Harvard University Press.
Bourdieu, P. (1993). The field of cultural production: Essays on art and literature. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Brody, D., Clark, H. (Eds.). (2009). Design studies: A reader. London, UK: Berg. pp 68 – 115 (Section 2: Design thinking).


Buchanan, R. (1992). Wicked problems in design thinking. Design Issues, 8(2), 5 – 21.
Cross, N. (1997). Descriptive models of creative design: application to an example. Design Studies, 18, 427.
Cross, N. (2004). Expertise in design: an overview. Design Studies, 25(5), 427-441.
Cross, N. (2011). Design thinking: Understanding how designers think and work. Oxford, UK: Berg.
Crouch, & Pearce, C. (2012). Doing research in design. London, England: Berg.
Dorst, K. (2011). The core of ‘design thinking’ and its application. Design Studies, 32(6), 521-532.
du Gay (1998). Production of culture/cultures of production. London, UK: Sage.
du Gay, P., Hall, S., Janes, L., Mackay, H., & Negus, K. (1997). Doing cultural studies: The story of the Sony Walkman. London, UK: Sage.


Grand, S., & Jonas, W. (Eds). (2012). Mapping Design Research. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser.

Gregg, M. (2009). Learning to (love) labour: Production cultures and the affective turn. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 6(2), 209 – 214.
Gunn, W., Otto, T., & Charlotte Smith, R. (Eds.). (2013). Design anthropology. theory and practice. London, UK: Bloomsbury.
Jahnke, M. (2012). Revisiting design as a hermeneutic practice: An investigation of Paul Ricoeur’s critical hermeneutics. Design Issues, 28(2), 30 – 40.
Julier, G. (2000). The culture of design. London, UK: Sage.
Julier, G. (2007). Design practice within a theory of practice. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 1(2). 43 – 50.
Laurel, B. (Ed.). (2003). Design research, methods and perspectives. Boston, MA: MIT Press.
Maguire, J. S. (Ed.). (2014). The cultural intermediaries reader. London, UK: Sage.


Mahon, M. (2000). The visible evidence of cultural producers. Annual Review of Anthropology, 29, 467 – 492.
Mareis, C. (2012). The epistemology of the unspoken: On the concept of tacit knowledge in contemporary design research. Design Issues, 28(2), 61-71.
Margolin, V. (2002). The politics of the artificial: Essays on design and design studies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Mayer, V., Banks, M.J., Caldwell, J. (Eds.). (2009). Production studies. Cultural studies of media industries. New York, NY: Routledge.
McCracken, G. D. (2008). Transformations: Identity construction in contemporary culture. Indiana: Indiana University Press.
McFall, L. (2002). What about the old cultural intermediaries? An historical review of advertising producers. Cultural Studies, 16, 532 – 552.
Negus, K. (2002). The work of cultural intermediaries and the enduring distinction between production and consumption. Cultural Studies, 16(4) 501-515.
Nixon, S. (2002). Who needs the cultural intermediaries? Cultural Studies, 17(4)
Oak, A. (2013). As you said to me I said to them: Reported speech and the multi-vocal nature of collaborative design practice. Design Studies, 34, 34 – 56.
Oxman, R. (1999). Educating the designerly thinker. Design Studies 20, 105 – 122.
Papanek, V. J. (1971). Design for the real world: Human ecology and social change. New York: Pantheon Books.
Rodgers, P., Yee, J. (Eds.). (2015). The Routledge companion to design research.  New York, NY: Routledge.
Rowe, P. (1987). Design thinking. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Salvador, T., Bell, G. & Anderson, K. (1999). Design Ethnography. Design Management Journal 10(4), 35-41.
Schön, D. (1983) The reflective practitioner. How professionals think in action. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Smith Maguire, J., Matthews, J. (2012). Are we all cultural intermediaries now? An introduction to cultural intermediaries in context. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 15(5), 551 – 562.
Strickler, Z. (1999). Elicitation methods in experimental design research. Design Issues, 15, 27 – 39.

Suri, J. F., & Hendrix, R. M. (2010). Developing design sensibilities. Rotman
58 – 63.
Wasson, C. (2000). Ethnography in the field of design. Human Organization, 59(4). 377.

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