Monthly Archives: July 2012

UDesign’12 – design explorations

Defining a design research ‘program’ which honours the past, present and future is a challenging task for any university these days. This was the case in where I participated in the first Portuguese national conference for design doctoral students on

UDesign’12 – design explorations

Defining a design research ‘program’ which honours the past, present and future is a challenging task for any university these days. This was the case in where I participated in the first Portuguese national conference for design doctoral students on

Joyful re-design of a Bairro

Just northwest of the ancient centre of Porto, Portugal, a transformation is happening in a formerly neglected neighbourhood. At the locus of these activities is the cultural association Terra na Boca which promotes ‘education, research, innovation and creation in arts,

Joyful re-design of a Bairro

Just northwest of the ancient centre of Porto, Portugal, a transformation is happening in a formerly neglected neighbourhood. At the locus of these activities is the cultural association Terra na Boca which promotes ‘education, research, innovation and creation in arts,

Openness

One of the problems of language is that words – especially buzzwords – tend to quickly loose their meaning through repeated overuse in written and spoken debate. Words such as design, sustainability, participation, and democracy need affixes and derivations to be able

Openness

One of the problems of language is that words – especially buzzwords – tend to quickly loose their meaning through repeated overuse in written and spoken debate. Words such as design, sustainability, participation, and democracy need affixes and derivations to be able

Design(ing) for Our Commons

Towards the end of  my book Design Activism I wrote about the potential role of design/designers in facilitating ‘anticipatory democracy’ – by applying participatory design approaches to encourage informed consensual decision making that improves ‘now’ while protecting the  future [1].

Design(ing) for Our Commons

Towards the end of  my book Design Activism I wrote about the potential role of design/designers in facilitating ‘anticipatory democracy’ – by applying participatory design approaches to encourage informed consensual decision making that improves ‘now’ while protecting the  future [1].

Our ‘open design’ Commons?

There is a nascent open movement engaging design(ers) in fresh, exciting  thoughts and challenges.  ‘Open design’ is a series of emergent, transitional practices which are negotiating and changing our ideas about the Commons. So it was good to gather with

Our ‘open design’ Commons?

There is a nascent open movement engaging design(ers) in fresh, exciting  thoughts and challenges.  ‘Open design’ is a series of emergent, transitional practices which are negotiating and changing our ideas about the Commons. So it was good to gather with