Material matters in co-designing : formatting & staging with participating materials in co-design projects, events & situations

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Public defence 2012-06-13
Time 13:15 - 16:00
Location Stora hörsalen i Ubåtshallen, Östra Varvsgatan 11A, 211 19 Malmö, Malmö högskola
Faculty examiner Senior Researcher, DA, Tuuli Mattelmäki, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Aalto University, Finland
Publication Doctoral Thesis
Title Material matters in co-designing : formatting & staging with participating materials in co-design projects, events & situations
Author(s) Eriksen, Mette Agger
Date 2012
English abstract
Material Matters in Co-designing Participation in design is broadening, and there is a movement away from designing to co-designing. They are related, but the little co- makes them different organizational and socio-material practices. Practically, co-designing typically takes place in multidisciplinary, distributed, complex projects, where people – and invited materials – only occasionally meet, align and make each other act, in the situation at quite explicitly staged co-design events. With a broad view of materiality and focus on co-designing as processes, this work suggests ways of understanding and staging a co-designing practice, which entails a move away from a focus on methods and pre-designed proposals, towards an acknowledgement of participating materials and formatting co-designing. This calls for additional ‘material’ (broadly understood) of the co-designer, including skills of drawing together and delegating roles to non-humans as parts of staging co-designing with others. Further, it necessitates a different understanding of co-design processes from what can be efficiently managed to materially staging performative co-designing. This practice-based, programmatic and materially interventionistic work builds upon and draws together about ten years of engaging with hundreds of people and materials in many co-design networks, projects, events and situations, through five experimental, participatory design research projects, teaching and other co-design ‘workshop’ series. Partly in opposition to the ‘classic’ design field of industrial design, the thesis intends to contribute to the (co-) design fields of interaction design and especially participatory design, but also to co-creation and service design.
Publisher Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University
Series/Issue Dissertation series in New Media, Public Spheres, and Forms of Expression;3
ISBN 978-91-7104-432-7
Pages 458
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Co-designing
broad views of materiality
interaction design
participatory design
service design
performative perspectives
roles of (non-human) materials
co-design networks, projects, events and situations
'material' of the co-designer
staging and formatting co-designing
participatory, yet interventionistic approach
programmatic and experimental approach
designerly way of theorizing and drawing together approach
Humanities/Social Sciences
Note The following institutions have co-financed and co-hosted the PhD studies: Danish Centre for Design Research (DCDR) / The Danish Design School, Denmark. Computer Science Department (DAIMI), Aarhus University, Denmark. Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. The Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Research Education, Sweden.Within Malmö University the PhD studies have been located at: Arts and Communication / K3. Ph.D. subject: Interaction design
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