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Designing through things: Objects as catalysts of change

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Författare Helena Hansson
Publicerad i http://sites.thehagueuniversity.com/pinc2015/home, Conference proceedings: "Reframing Design", Edited by: Rianne Valkenburg, Coen Dekkers and Janneke Sluijs, Participatory Innovation Conference 18-20 may 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands
Volym 2015
Sidor 449-457
Publiceringsår 2015
Publicerad vid Högskolan för design och konsthantverk
Sidor 449-457
Språk en
Ämnesord Participatory prototypes, mediator, rope-making machine, design infrastructuring
Ämneskategorier Design

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This paper explores and discusses prototypes as a participatory activity. It includes a case study, which describes a series of transformations, where low-tech rope-making machines play pivot roles as catalysts of change. As a designer researcher working in a “non-design context”, namely in Kisumu, Kenya, the approach was to “design through things”. The designed objects functioned as mediators, triggering the users to act. The paper argues that material based prototype-objects can, if strategically designed, be successful participatory tools, because they can be directly implemented and tested together with the users in real life situations. When the prototype-objects are adapted to the local situation, the users can easily build on to the design concepts themselves. Through that, the users can become the future designers, a key approach in Design Infrastructuring Theory.

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