While approaches for engaging the social “wickedness” of design have been a prominent topic of design research, serious questions continue to revolve around the moral and ethical aspects of collaborative design. In my 50% review I explore how emphasizing deliberation in design methods can be a useful way to enhance our awareness and ability to engage the underlying social forces at play in designing. Specifically, I suggest that by fostering deliberation we may support more thoughtful consideration about what should be designed. To support my argument I present the work from my design research investigation conducted in practice. Using a program of collaboration, time, openness, and multiple platforms for participation, I describe my process of inquiry based on experimenting and reflecting upon different forms of design methods in practice. Through two cases from my research project — the Family Bike Life campaign and The People’s Supermarket project — I raise questions around how social and material contexts affect deliberation in co-design. After discussing the lessons I took away from the two cases, I draw upon the concepts of habit, impulse, and deliberation as presented by pragmatist philosopher John Dewey, as a way to pull together the theoretical insights of my experience and frame the next steps of my research.
Title: Design Methods and Collaborative Exploration
Opponent: Per-Anders Hillgren, Malmö University, MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative
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