This book brings together research working at the boundary between design knowledges and mobilities, offering a novel collection for both theorists and practitioners. Drawing upon detailed case studies, it demonstrates the diverse roles of design in shaping mobility at different spaces and scales: across cities; within different types of buildings and infrastructures; and through commuting, work and leisure activities.

A range of international scholars illustrate the designed mobilities of car parks, traffic lights, street benches, pedestrian wayfinding systems and accessible design in the urban environment; they examine spaces within hospitals, airports and train stations and investigate design practices for bicycles, future urban vehicles and MotoGP motorcycle racing. Other contributions explore overlooked mobile artefacts such as television and video game remote controls, 3D printing and the types of packaging which enable objects themselves to move around. This book demonstrates how the tools, assumptions and processes of design shape spaces of mobility, and also illuminates how shifts in the fluidity and circulation of people, practices and materials in turn reconfigure practices of design.

Mobilising Design develops multi-disciplinary understandings of design, drawing upon diverse literatures including design history, product design, architecture and cultural geography. By highlighting often invisible artefacts and associated knowledges and controversies, the book foregrounds the taken-for-granted ways in which everyday mobility is designed. It will be of interest to scholars in geography, sociology, economic history, architecture, design and urban theory.

chapter |9 pages


ByJustin Spinney, Suzanne Reimer, Philip Pinch

part I|76 pages

Designing mobility

chapter 1|11 pages

From the movement of things to movement in things

Object-environments and the neoliberal sensorium
ByGuy Julier

chapter 2|11 pages

“Spoiled”, “bored”, “irritated” and “nervous”

The transformations of a mobile subject in airport design discourse
ByAnna Nikolaeva

chapter 3|13 pages

Legible London

Mobilising the pedestrian
BySpencer Clark, Philip Pinch, Suzanne Reimer

chapter 4|14 pages

Bicycle design history and systems of mobility

ByPeter Cox

chapter 5|14 pages

Rushing, dashing, scrambling

The role of the train station in producing the reluctant runner
BySimon Cook

chapter 6|11 pages

Design mobilities via 3D printing

ByThomas Birtchnell, John Urry, Justin Westgate

part II|68 pages

Mobilising design

chapter 7|14 pages

Why ship air?

Packaging design, mobilities and the materiality of void fillers
ByCraig Martin

chapter 8|14 pages

Designing signals, mediating mobility

Traffic management and mobility practices in interwar Stockholm
ByMartin Emanuel

chapter 9|13 pages

MotoGP and heterogeneous design

ByPhilip Pinch, Suzanne Reimer

chapter 10|13 pages

Universalising and particularising design with Professor Kawauchi

ByKim Kullman

chapter 11|12 pages

Artefacts, affordances and the design of mobilities

ByOle B. Jensen, Ditte Bendix Lanng, Simon Wind

part III|70 pages

Design knowledges

chapter 12|12 pages

Towards a new discipline

The design of urban vehicles
ByLino Vital García-Verdugo

chapter 13|17 pages

Being wheeled through the hospital

Designing for hospital patients’ spatial experience in motion
ByMargo Annemans, Chantal Van Audenhove, Hilde Vermolen, Ann Heylighen

chapter 14|14 pages

Border crossings

Exploring artefacts of mobility with blind and visually impaired users
ByJayne Jeffries, Peter Wright

chapter 15|11 pages

Feeling the commute

Affect, emotion and communities in motion
ByEmily Falconer

chapter 16|14 pages

Drawing mobile shared spaces

Brighton bench study
ByLesley Murray, Susan Robertson

chapter 17|4 pages


ByJustin Spinney, Suzanne Reimer, Philip Pinch