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Designing from, with and by Data: Introducing the ablative framework

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2016 International Conference: Future–Focused Thinking
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Event50th Anniversary Design, Research, Society Conference: Future–Focused Thinking - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

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NameProceedings of DRS 2016
ISSN (Print)2398-3132


Conference50th Anniversary Design, Research, Society Conference: Future–Focused Thinking
Abbreviated titleDRS 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
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This paper introduces a framework for designers in which existing methodologies can be placed in order to better acknowledge how they work with data in different ways to support their practice.The paper starts by distinguishing three kinds of value associated with data:(i) raw measurements; (ii) commercial and social; and (iii) moral and ethical. We then note that changes in computing and communications technologies serve to de-emphasise computers as devices, and reemphasise the flow of data between people, machines, and things; thus,we share the view that human-data interaction is a key challenge for designers. In addressing the challenge, we introduce the framework for designers to distinguish design from, with, and by data. We note that informatics provides the theory for, and technologies of, information processing, while design provides the methods to adapt and create products and services. The paper uses case studies to illustrate our approach.


50th Anniversary Design, Research, Society Conference: Future–Focused Thinking


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