Terry Rosenberg

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Design
Department Design
Email t.rosenberg (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7793
Terry Rosenberg


BA Design, MA Design – Critical Practice, MRes in Design, MPhil/PhD

Areas of supervision

Rosenberg’s research student supervision is located in the following broadly defined areas: Ideational strategies; design methods and processes; drawing; spaces of design thinking; critical practice; mapping and technologies of visioning, cultures of design and designing as cultural production.

Research Interests

Rosenberg’s research is produced around four locating foci.
The first is into design thinking – in practice. This research has been produced looking at two axes within design thinking – poetic and ethical. The poetic is conceived as that which makes ‘other’ and the ethical is for an ‘Other’.  This research has produced writings and maps of design practice and also innovation workshops for industry. Recently Rosenberg (with colleague Mike Waller) has started to design interactive software for teams engaged in “building prospects” based on these maps.
The second focus is linked to the first but is on ‘criticality’ in design. The thrust of this area of research is to look into the way critique (the critical) may draw together “use” (project) and “discourse” (programme). This research also looks at “context” as a conditioner of the design object. The research dissemination has been through conference papers and an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum exploring the use–discursivity dialectic.
The third focus draws the other two foci into practice. The research, through – or as – practice, addresses the ‘critical object’ of design. The current Leverhulme research project, the Mediatised View, (the design of viewing devices for the ‘Eye’ ) raises discussions into the politics of authorship in virtual and actual spaces, and questions the veridical construction of the image amongst other things.
The fourth focus is on representation, not of design thinking (as in the first focus), but representation as used in the process of designing. In the first instance this research is into drawing, but also recently has moved to include modelling of various kinds. The output has been a published book on drawing, revised and re-issued in 2003. Rosenberg is working with colleagues in Australia (UTS, RMIT, COFA) and New Zealand (Univ. of Aukland) on publishing writings across divers practices on the notion of  ‘material thinking’. He has also recently completed a chapter for a book on ideational drawing. This brings the research described in the first and last research foci together.



Rosenberg, Terry E.; Waller, Michael; Fairfax, Duncan; Weatherhead, Andrew; Rogers, Peter and Bagenal, Ed. 2010. i-Soapbox.

Rosenberg, Terry E.; Waller, Michael; Fairfax, Duncan; Weatherhead, Andrew; Rogers, Peter and Bagenal, Ed. 2009. The Polis Project: Geo-Soapbox.

Rosenberg, Terry E.; Waller, Michael; Fairfax, Duncan; Weatherhead, Andrew; Rogers, Peter and Bagenal, Ed. 2009. i-Legend.

Rosenberg, Terry E.; Waller, Michael; Fairfax, Duncan; Weatherhead, Andrew and Rogers, Peter. 2009. News Telescope.


Waller, Michael; Rosenberg, Terry E. and Fairfax, Duncan. 2010. Mediatising public space and mediating practice: exhibition and research symposium. In: "Mediatising public space and mediating practices", Goldsmiths, United Kingdom, 27/11/2010 to 2/12/2010.

Hall, Sean and Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2003. Pay and Display. In: "Pay and Display", Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, March – April 2003.

Rosenberg, Terry E. and Conreen, Martin. 2001. Designed, curated exhibition of staff and student work at the Milan Furniture Fair in the Contemporary Design pavilion (Salon Satellite). In: "Milan Furniture Fair in the Contemporary Design pavilion (Salon Satellite)", Milan, Italy, 2-10th April 2001.


Rosenberg, Terry E. and Stanyer, Peter. 2003. A Foundation Course in Drawing. Grange Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1840135404

Conference or Workshop Item

Rosenberg, Terry E. and Fairfax, Duncan. 2007. 'Designing Critically'. In: Design and Social Science research seminar series. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom.

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2007. 'Unfolding Practice'. In: WritingPAD conference. Goldsmiths.

Waller, Michael and Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2006. 'Re-Presencing A Denser Now- Scopic Devices for the London Eye'. In: International Design and Engagability Conference- NordiCHI. Oslo, Norway 14-18 October, 2006.

Waller, Michael and Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2006. 'Spatial Mapping Tools for Trans-disciplinary Innovation'. In: InSciT 2006 conference. Spain 25-28th October, 2006.

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2006. 'Towards a Critical Practice in Design'. In: The Critical in Practice’ colloquium,. UTS, Sydney, Australia.

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2005. 'What is knowledge in practice?'. In: M/Phil/PhD induction seminars. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom.

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2004. 'In Due Course'. In: ‘Space and Time of Culture’ conference. Graduate School, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2004. 'Resisting Procrustes'. In: SDS2k4 colloquium. COFA, Sydney, Australia.

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2003. 'The Call of A Mute Practice'. In: Techn: Design Wisdom; 5th European Academy of Design Conference. Barcelona 1/4/2003.

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2003. 'The inverted ready-made and the value of everyday things'. In: Public talk, Victoria and Albert Museum. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom.

Rosenberg, Terry E.; Hall, Sean and Conreen, Martin. 2002. 'Barbie and Furcaroui'. In: guest speakers at PARIP symposium. Goldsmiths, London, United Kingdom.


Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2013. Intermingled Bodies: Distributed Agency in an Expanded Appreciation of Making. FORMakademisk, 6(2), pp. 1-18. ISSN 1890-9515

Fairfax, Duncan and Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2012. Considering the hérisson (hedgehog/porcupine): Writing-designing the context essay. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 5(3), pp. 343-364. ISSN 1753-5190

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2007. Delicious Turbulence. Studies in Material Thinking, 1(1), ISSN 1177-6234

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2006. Interactive Co-innovation Environment [software] Spatial Mapping Tools for Trans-disciplinary Group Innovation. InSciT2006 Conference,

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2000. "The reservoir": towards a poetic model of research in design. Working Papers in Art and Design, 1, Unpag.. ISSN 1466-4917

Book Section

Waller, Michael; Rosenberg, Terry E.; Weatherhead, Andrew; Rogers, Peter; Bagenal, Ed and Fairfax, Duncan. 2010. Cultures of change: social atoms and electronic lives. News telescope. In: Gennaro Ascione; Cinta Massip and Josep Perello, eds. Cultures of change: social atoms and electronic lives. Barcelona: Actar and Arts Santa Monica, pp. 82-85. ISBN 978-84-92861-14-9

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2008. New Beginnings and Monstrous Births: Notes Towards an Appreciation of Ideational Drawing. In: Steve Garner, ed. Writing on Drawing: Essays on Drawing Practice and Research. Bristol: Intellect, pp. 109-124. ISBN 9781841502007

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2008. Some Things are Worth Remembering An Interview with Daniel Weil. In: El Ultimo Grito, ed. Nowhere/Now here. Spain: LABoral; Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, pp. 64-111. ISBN 978-84-612-6674-6

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2008. Affordance. In: Michael Erhloff and T Marshall, eds. Design Dictionary (Board of International Research in Design). Basel: Birkhäuser. ISBN 978-3764377397

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2007. Designs on Critical Practice? In: , ed. Reflections on Creativity: Exploring the Role of Theory in Creative Practices. Dundee: Duncan of Jordanstone College. ISBN 1 899 837 56 6

Rosenberg, Terry E. and Waller, Michael. 2007. iCE: interactive Co-innovation Environments. In: S. Macgregor and T. Torres-Coronas, eds. Higher Creativity for Virtual Teams: Developing platforms for Co-Creation. Pennsylvania: Information Science Reference: IGI Global, pp. 279-298. ISBN 9781599041292

Edited Journal

Rosenberg, Terry E. and Fairfax, Duncan, eds. 2008. Material thinking Vol. 1 no 2, Studies in material thinking, 1(2).


Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2001. Near and Far.