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ABOUT_Conceptual Devices_Triangular Design Manifesto.


00_ Design should not be based on formal principles - but always on an idea of society.

01_ Designed forms represent possible social orders and a lot of their contradictions.

02_ Design is everything. Anything could be designed. Everyone is a designer.

03_ Design allows social innovations. Often it is not made by designers.

04_ Design has not scale. It could be small and have great impact.

05_ Design is not an innocent practice. Designers are wicked.

06_ Design should engage people and interact with them.

07_ Design is an interdisciplinary applied science.

08_ Design produces visual consciousness.

09_ Design is a triangular manifesto.

10_ Design makes you smile.

11_ This is the top.

12_ Enjoy!


Conceptual Devices
develops design projects using cognitive tools and practices from architecture, visual culture and design with the aim to engage social practices and behaviours in everyday life. Conceptualdevices operates through a shift of symbolic values due to the social utility and social responsibility of arts and design in contemporary society. Conceptual Devices is currently a network based structure of collaborations set up on specific projects.


Antonio Scarponi is the founder of Conceptual Devices. He studied architecture at Cooper Union, NY and holds a B. A. in architecture from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) as well as a PhD in Urban Design. From 2006 to 2008 he tought "Communicative Spaces" and from 2009 "Reflective Design" at KTH, Stockholm. In 2009 he also teach at NABA, Milan. He has lectured at schools of architecture and design throughout Europe and the U.S and his work has been exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. In 2008 he was nominated as one of the five recipients of the first edition of the Curry Stone Design Prize.