Ariana Amacker

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Design research methods
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My project will experiment with collaborative design methods for expressing and communicating the process-based experience of design.

Although the idea of tacit knowledge or “know how” has for some time been regarded as important to practice-based disciplines including design, little design research has been conducted to try to understand and/or achieve some clarity about what actually goes on in the experiential and subjective subjective meaning-making processes of design or how/if such dimensions of tacit knowledge are specific to design. Today notions like “Design Thinking” and “Design-led Innovation” have become the orthodoxy for design practitioners, but these flat descriptions of design activities serve to ‘fit’ design into more rational and instrumental management contexts, typically as a form of problem-solving. This research, therefore, is an attempt to collectively develop a richer and more textured understanding of design’s practical “know how” in order to contribute to alternative conceptualizations of the interdisciplinary relationship between design and management. Specifically, I am interested in the nature of collaborative design practice and its aspect of experiential learning that merges science’s perceived separation of theorizing (representing or abstracting) and experimenting (intervening or acting).

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Designfakulteten grundades i december 2007 med finansiering från Vetenskapsrådet och KTH. Dess främsta verksamhet är att driva en nationell forskarskola i design i samarbete med ett 20-tal institutioner runt om i Sverige.

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