Writer and Design Critic

Tim Maly is a writer and design critic. His work focuses on the role of speculation, magic, and words at the strange edges of architecture and design. He has been a journalist, video-game maker, virtual-worlds educator, and debating coach. He teaches in the graduate industrial design program at RISD, is a fellow at Harvard’s metaLAB, and cofounded the Dredge Research Collaborative. With Emily Horne, he cowrote The Inspection House: An Impertinent Field Guide to Modern Surveillance, published by Coach House Press. He is @doingitwrong on Twitter.

I’m most excited to work on projects that… tell stories in new and interesting ways, or that experiment with ways of conveying an experience that fall outside of normal narrative styles.

I’m looking for partners that can help me… ground my skills and interests in real world situations and challenges.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… at 2am, sitting in an otherwise darkened studio, illuminated by my laptop and a desk lamp, working through the second draft of a chapter I was writing about the strange history of Prison Blues, a brand of jeans made in Oregon prison.