Joshua Halstead

Faculty, Social Innovation

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Joshua Halstead (he, him)

Joshua Halstead is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director in the Designmatters department at ArtCenter College of Design. Trafficking the intersection of critical disability studies, philosophy of technology, and design ethics, Halstead has been an invited lecturer at a variety of venues, including the Society for Disability Studies, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Adobe Global Design Summit. Advancing the discourse on design theory and praxis across canonical lines, he has authored essays in publications as diverse as After Universal Design: The Disability Design Revolution (Bloomsbury, 2023), the Journal of Digital Media Management, and Eye on Design. 

As an educator and researcher, Halstead has also co-developed various projects oriented toward disability design justice in physical, digital, and cultural publics funded by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and National Endowment for the Arts. Co-author of Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers (Princeton Architectural Press, 2021), Halstead continues to be a critical interlocutor between design institutions, communities, and those adjacently affected.