1st Edition

Design, Philosophy and Making Things Happen

By Brian Dixon Copyright 2023
    206 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Prologue: The Entwining of Design and Dynamic Knowledge Production  Introduction: Design Research, Philosophy and Some Radical Philosophers  1. Positioning: Working with Context in Experience  2. Processing: Making a World Together through Meaningful Inquiry  3. Producing: Knowing Value  Conclusion - Understanding the Boundaries, A Justificatory Narrative and What Next?


    Brian S. Dixon is Head of Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, Belfast.