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1st Edition

Design, Philosophy and Making Things Happen

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ISBN 9781032039572
February 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing from the work of Dewey, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger, this book aims to relate a series of philosophic insights to the practice of engaging in design research for change.

These insights are explored and presented as a set of potential strategies for grounding transformative design research within an intellectual context which both embraces and celebrates experience, process, and uncertainty. Chapter by chapter, through theory, practical examples, and case studies an accessible narrative opens up around the coupled themes of existence and experience, language and meaning, and knowing and truth. The outcome is a rich and detailed perspective on the ways in which philosophy may afford design research for change a means to both explain, as well as understand, not only what it is and what it does, but also what it could be.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in design studies, design theory and design research.

Table of Contents

Prologue  1. Positioning: Working with Context in Experience  2. Processing: Making a World Together through Meaningful Inquiry  3. Producing: Knowing Value  Conclusion

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Brian S. Dixon is Course Director of MA UX and Service Design and Lecturer in Design at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.