Globalization and digitalization are keywords of contemporary society. It affects, our private and professional lives. Society has become more diverse with easier access to information and to virtual platforms that gives us opportunity to be in touch with colleges, friends, family, etc. at any time. A far complex environment is emerging wherein internet of things and big data are integrated with products, production systems, health care, daily activity and play an important part in various kind of decision making. This has an impact on future designs and the role of designers. Responsible designers with a holistic perspective are needed.
The book highlights several aspects of design thinking such as Information Design, Critical Design, the meaning of Culture, Gender and disabilities are discussed. The functions of Information Design are changing, from ‘showing the way’, instruction manuals and graphic design. It will affect, among others, healthcare technology, smart products and Industry 4.0. Design thinking perspective that includes users from the entire chain, from the producer to the end user of the product or service, is needed. This will also require gender and culture issues to be taken into consideration in designing products and services. Design thinking methods and critical aspects of design will contribute to an inclusive society.
Table of Contents
Design Thinking between Myth and Methodology
Critical Design and Design Thinking vs. critical design and design thinking
Adding Rigor to Advance Design Thinking
Andrew Dillon and Marian Sweeney Situated Design Thinking
Åsa Wikberg Nilsson
The Challenge of Designing Meaningful Information
Yvonne Eriksson and Anna-Lena Carlsson
Gendered Design Thinking—So-called Logic of People and Things
Åsa Wikberg Nilsson and Yvonne Eriksson
On Design Dialogues—Their Roots, Features, and Usage
Design Thinking and Designerly Ways of Knowing in Operational Research Practice
Christina J Phillips
Design Thinking and Welfare Technology: A Focus on Information Design
Riika Saurio, Lea Hennala, Satu Pekkarinen and Helinä Melkas
Raising Users’ Confidence in their own Technology Literacy as part of the Design Process
Lessons Learned: A Plea for Curricularizing Design Thinking in Engineering Education
Anne Wallisch and Kristin Paetzold
Yvonne Eriksson is the Chair Professor in Information Design and Vice Dean of the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, at Mälardalen University and leader of the university´s Living lab. She is member of Design Society advisory board and co-chair of the SIG Human Behavior in Design.
The focus of her research is visual communication and visual management, and its relation to the perceptual and cognitive processes that are involved in interpretation of visuals and build milieus. A specific area she engages in gender issues in relation to visual studies. She has written several books about gender, art, and visual communication. Yvonne Eriksson has been running projects concerning the role of a picture in different contexts such as textbooks for education, storybooks for children and education of children with visual impairment. During the last years she has initiated and been involved in research project that takes place in an industrial context, with focus on visual communication for a global market.