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Designing New Socio-Economic Imaginaries

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2257-2261
JournalThe Design Journal
Early online date31 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 May 2019
EventEAD2019 Dundee : Running with Scissors - The University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Apr 201911 Apr 2019


This short paper recovers the term ‘imaginaries’ which is often used in the social sciences to describe a meaning system that frames individuals lived experience of an inordinately complex world. The paper goes on to reflect on the extent to which design has the capability to disrupt imaginaries through the development of products in order for people to construct new ones, or whether the discipline is perpetuating old models of the world. The paper uses a workshop method to explore socio-economic models in order to better balance the multiple imaginaries that participants hold with the opportunity to design disruptive and critical propositions. Reflections upon the workshop and the concept of imaginaries allows the authors to identify a challenge for design in which it must accept its role as mediator and exacerbator.


EAD2019 Dundee : Running with Scissors


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