Symbolic Interactions in Design: Managing difference across intermediary objects and discourse.

Arno Verhoeven, Claudia Eckert

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Abstract

This paper discusses the product design process from a social science perspective. We describe preliminary results from a PhD research pilot study, observing the interactions of 12 postgraduate Product Design students over the course of one semester of independent work. Viewing design activity as a social process, a novel theoretical framework is proposed suggesting the product design process be understood as a trajectory, involving a series of design episodes where physical prototypes, acting as intermediary objects, operate as silent actors in collaboration with other design actors. In order for the trajectory to progress, difference between actors must be managed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConsilience and Innovation in Design
Subtitle of host publication5th International Congress of IASDR 2013
Place of PublicationJapan
Publisher5th International Congress of IASDR 2013
Volume2
ISBN (Print)978-4-9980776-3-3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2013
EventIASDR 2013: Consilience and Innovation in Design - Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 26 Aug 201330 Aug 2013

Conference

ConferenceIASDR 2013: Consilience and Innovation in Design
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period26/08/1330/08/13

Keywords

  • Design
  • Design Research
  • design methods & aids
  • design process
  • design discourse
  • difference
  • actor-network theory
  • Trajectory

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