Author: Jason Markins

Jason Markins is a PH.D. candidate at Syracuse University in the Composition and Cultural Rhetorics department. He studies the history of the arts and crafts in relation to multimodal composition and rhetorics.

As someone who teaches a variety of academic, technical, and multimodal writing classes, I have drawn influence from a number of design studies sources. Texts such as Ellen Lupton’s Design is Storytelling, Carl DiSalvo’s Adversarial Design, Sasha Costanza-Chock’s “Design Justice,” and Mario Gooden’s Dark Space have had profound impacts on how I view design as an important part of rhetorical composing. However, I don’t know if I have found a line in any of these texts that has lingered with me more than when, in his handmade zine, Garnett Hertz claims, “Design can be how to punch Nazis in the…

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