‘Design, Interrupted’ examines a shift in creative work from analogue to algorithmic architectural image search. This interactive exhibition looks at how algorithms might be ‘interrupting’ the process of searching for images. Searching for inspiration is often a critical early stage of the design process. Historically, leafing through books and magazines provided inspiration. Search now is now primarily digital, influenced by the design of platforms that were not purpose-built for this task. This exhibit considers the unintended consequences and effects these platforms maybe having on the design process, and in turn, on creativity at large.  

Design, Interrupted is part of Maggie McGrath’s doctoral research on AI and the creative process at the Oxford Internet Institute.