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

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

Designs methods and approaches are growing in popularity across disciplines, however, definitions are often absent, hidden or superficial with designers missing from the research team. The conveners argue that this endangers design to be misused and devalued. This conversation questioned, what is the current state of design definitions and how they could be developed with a perspective of rigour and impact. Points of tension were discovered between contextualisation of a method vs how design communicates to other disciplines; defining from the edges of a definition and defining the core values; and design epistemological base. Recommendations from the conversation include rigorous core components and values of established but vague definitions, such as co-design, be created with space for creative interpretations, along with a broader discussion on design epistemological base.

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