Thinking, design. A construct of (and for) change

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Design philosophy has evolved; a cross-over of research and design. This
paradigm shift incorporates philosophical thinking and qualitative research standards of replicable methods, informed ethical conduct and robust evidence to inform the ‘art’. We propose that such thinking-design is advantageous; not being instinctively nor egocentrically biased. An increasing compatibility between designer, user and researcher is resulting in, and from, participatory action research (PAR) methods that gather deep insight. But participation is not the same as autonomy and when working collaboratively, PAR presents empowerment in-balance between ‘researching experts’ and ‘using-experts’; the latter’s needs motivated by aspiration and emotion, rather than professional rigour of the former. Thinking, design is focused by a lens of prospective and retrospective user-led enlightenment. This poster will illustrate that democratic design does not inhibit the artistry for which design is so famed but rather
that embedded collaboration to address experiential problems is advantageous, and desirable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2155-2156
Number of pages2
JournalDesign Journal
Issue numbersup1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019
Event13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design : Running with Scissors - University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019
Conference number: 13


  • Prospective
  • Retrospective
  • Co-Creation
  • responsible
  • Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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