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Session
“What do you mean?” The state of design ‘definitions’ within the discipline and beyond
Time:
Thursday, 30/June/2022:
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Session Chair: Andrew Tibbles, University of Liverpool
Session Chair: Luka Kille-Speckter, University of Liverpool
Session Chair: Cara Shaw, University of Liverpool
Session Chair: Isobel Leason, University of Liverpool
Location: BA02 Bizkaia Aretoa_ Room Elhuyar
Main venue, Ground floor

This Conversation will be hosted in-person and accessible online.


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“What do you mean?” The state of design ‘definitions’ within the discipline and beyond

Farnaz Nickpour, Andrew Tibbles, Luka Kille-Speckter, Cara Shaw, Isobel Leason

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Design related ‘definitions’ could be ambiguous to the point of contention. Could this vagueness be a barrier to finding, sharing and building knowledge within the discipline? Outside the discipline, could this vagueness compromise the value, reach and impact of design? But as a creative discipline, would ‘over-definition’ not be damaging? What should be the way forward? In this conversation, we explore the current state of design 'definitions' from the perspective of rigour, evidence and impact - both within the discipline and beyond it. We discuss the implications for design research, practice and policy. And we ask how the current state of design ‘definitions’ should transition and evolve to ensure advancement and maturity of design as a discipline.



 
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