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Dealing with wicked problems, in messy contexts, through prototyping
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Industrial Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8869-4948
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Industrial Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0520-0741
2017 (English)In: The Design Journal, ISSN 1460-6965, Vol. 20, no Sup. 1, p. S886-S899Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how designers’ core competencies relate to the emerging paradigmatic shift in design practice, and provides suggestions for design education. The shift is due to the increased interest from design in engaging with social and political contexts and issues the last fifteen years. Designers have several core competencies and in this paper prototyping and thereby the capacity to work with wicked problems are explored. More explicitly, we suggest that designers can design relevant propositions with the help of successive prototyping. Tightly integrating designing propositions with problem setting is necessary when dealing with wicked problems. This works well when designers deal with signs and things. However, in order to deal with increasingly complex contexts, we suggest that design students should get more relevant experience of prototyping in complex contexts and improved reflection by making use of theories from STS in order to deal with these complex contexts. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 20, no Sup. 1, p. S886-S899
Keywords [en]
design, prototyping, wicked problems, problem-setting, messy contexts
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Design
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Forskningsområden, Designdriven och gestaltande kunskapsproduktion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-5772DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1353034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-5772DiVA, id: diva2:1088722
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EAD12: the 12th European Academy of Design Conference, Design for Next, 2017, April 12 - 14, 2017, Rome, Italy
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Knowledge Foundation, 20150305Available from: 2017-04-14 Created: 2017-04-14 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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