Design contributes to human knowledge.
It’s political, and it has consequences.
Design + DH. With S. Ruecker.
Coming in 2020 via Intellect Books.
Design research contributes new knowledge that is actionable—beginning with an attempt to understand the present, grounded in an acknowledgement of the past that has shaped it, in order to define a better future and then figure out how to get to it from here, the present.
This is a category of problems (proposed by Rittel and Webber in the 1960s) that are messy, unsettling, complex, and ill-formulated. They contain confusing information, engage multiple stakeholders who hold conflicting values, and often result in confusing ramifications.
REFLECTION & ACCOUNTABILITY
“Know where you come from and know where your privileges are. If ‘all design is ideological’, as Dunne says, do take that statement seriously. Giving yourself the task to stop navel-gazing and to always second-guess your own decisions is not a shame. It is for the better, trust us.”
Pedro Oliveira and Luiza Prado
design for better futures
This 2-day workshop uses “making” and “thinking through making” to explore the intersections of design and DH. Though IDEO’s 6-stage design thinking process will be our primary point of departure, our objective isn’t to carry a problem / project from understanding through to materialization (or launch). Instead, we will traverse two territories: human-centred design and ideation, while situated in digital humanities concerns and practices.
When the majority of designers teach or use design process models, they tend to emphasize the fact that the models are iterative, and that it will be natural to expect to go through the cycle more than once. It is also common practice to mention that the design cycle does not have a fixed starting point, but can instead begin at any stage of the model.
ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 7, 2020.