De-computation: Programming the world through design

Kevin Walker, John Fass

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We describe a developing methodology called ‘de- computation’ which combines design making and computational thinking in a two-way exchange aimed at understanding and reacting against increasing computational control of humans’ natural, artificial and social systems, by using the tools and methods of computation in the design process. The steps of de-computation are detailed, its relation to similar approaches is explained, examples are given, and we explain its relevance for design research, theory construction and practical design work.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalNordes - Nordic Design Research
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventNORDES: Design Ecologies - Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 7 Jun 201510 Jun 2015


  • de-computation
  • art
  • design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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