Other publications by Ann Thorpe:

book | trade articles | academic articles / book chapters


Still as relevant as the day it was published, The Designer’s Atlas of Sustainability (Island Press 2007) offers a designer-friendly guide to sustainability. It’s often used in teaching, but I’m amazed by the number of sustainable design afficionados who tell me they were surprised to learn new things from the book! Readers say:

“Appealingly browsable, visual, information-rich”

“A must-read”

“Required reading for the classes I teach”

Read more about this book on The Designer’s Atlas website, where there’s also a free teaching guide.



“Design Activism: To Generate or To Resist?” Current (no 5) 2014.

“The Low Product Context: How designers can help articulate a new social language that relies less on consumption and more on meaning,” Core77 (online design journal), June 2009. http://bit.ly/2Lb6p4

“SES! (Social Equity and Sustainability).” Innovation: Quarterly of the Industrial Designers Society of America, Spring 2008, 20-23.

“The Green Light.” Article for Design Week, 29 May 2003.

ARCADE, A Journal for Architecture and Design in the Northwest, Regular Contributor, 1998-199



“Economic Growth and the Shape of Sustainable Fashion” in The Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion Kate Fletcher and Melinda Tham, eds. London; Routledge, forthcoming August 2014.

“Applying Protest Event Analysis to Architecture and Design,” Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, (2013):  DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2013.823346

“Design’s Role in Sustainable Consumption,” Design Issues (26:2), 2010.

“Design as Activism.” Paper in the proceedings of Changing the Change conference. Turin, Italy. July 2008.

“Time and Design.” Paper in Proceedings of Eternally Yours Foundation’s Time in Design 24-hour confer- ence October 2003, Time in Design: Eternally Yours edited by Ed van Hinte (Rotterdam: 010 Publish- ers, 2004).

“Industrial Ecology through the Lens of Product Design,” Paper for the International Society for Industrial Ecology conference, 2001.