Long-sighted, radical and provocative, this book offers a foundational framework of concepts, principles and methods (exemplified with selected tools) to enable metadesigners to manage and reinvent their practices.
The book reminds readers that designers are, albeit unwittingly, helping to shape the Anthropocene. Despite their willingness to deliver greener products and services, designers find themselves part of an industry that has become the go-to catalyst for dividends and profit. If our species is to achieve the rehabilitation and metamorphosis, we may need to design at the level of paradigms, genres, lifestyles and currencies. This would mean making design more integrated, comprehensive, adaptive, transdisciplinary, self-reflexive and relational. The book, therefore, advocates a shift of emphasis from designing ‘sustainable’ products, services and systems towards cultivating synergies that will induce regenerative lifestyles.
The book will be of interest to managers, designers, scholars and educators from a wide range of backgrounds, including design research, design history, design studies and environmental studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword. The Unthinkable Practice of Designing
Introduction. The Conditions of Design
Part 1: Game Changing
1. Up Close and Personal
2. Re-shaping Futures
3. Languaging Design
Part 2: The Idea of Metadesign
4. Metadesign & Design Science
5. A Framework for Metadesign
Caio Adorno Vassão
6. The Poetic Dimension of Metadesign
Part 3: Relational Thinking
7. Creative Quartets
8. Beyond Human-Centred Design
Part 4: Bodies of Knowledge
9. Embodying Ubuntu
10. Organisational Consciousness
John Backwell & John Wood
Part 5: Making Metadesign Work
11. Facilitating ‘Team Consciousness’
12. Post-Disciplinary Design
13. Towards Synergistic Performance in Design
Charles (Chuck) W. Ware Jr.
Part 6: Beyond the Thinkable
14. Co-exploring the visual metaphors of the Dream
15. Beyond Semiotics
16. Becoming Polyphibious
John Wood is Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths University of London.