When we launched our blogging channel — Observers Room — last November, we promised that it would be "home to bloggers and critics, commentators and pundits, artists and writers eager to share their opinions on a host of subjects — each clocking in somewhere between the brevity of the 140-character tweet and the expansiveness of the 1,000-word essay."
Today, we are pleased to announce that Rob Walker is joining Design Observer as a contributing writer — and as the newest blogger in our Observers Room.
Many of our readers will know Rob Walker from his weekly "Consumed" column in The New York Times Magazine
(2004-2011), where he regularly expanded (and often confounded) our understanding of design and marketing. His evolving perspectives on consumerism led to his most recent book, Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are
, as well as to numerous projects and online initiatives (Significant Objects
, The Hypothetical Development Organization
, and MLK BLVD).
In addition to his new role at The New York Times Magazine
as a feature writer, Rob is often a commentator on the subject of material culture, notably in the documentary Objectified
We are also adding over fifty of Rob's essays from the past decade to our archive, creating a deep resource for our readers around the viewpoints and commentaries of this outstanding writer. His author page can be found here
, including biography, books and projects, as well as links to his past essays, articles and speaking engagements. You may also follow Rob on Twitter at @notrobwalker
. His first Observers Room blog post can be found here.
Please join us in welcoming Rob to Design Observer.