A few students have approached me and asked about their final projects and where to look for ideas on their final project. So I thought it would be useful to share my list of useful resources and examples in the area of social design for anyone interested in working in this area.
Professor Mike Press from Dundee University recently posted a very useful list of resources for anyone interested in social design. His article provides a lot of context to understanding society and how design can play a role in this area.
There are various sectors to look at: Healthcare, Transport, Community, etc. I suggested to my students to look at the Royal Society of Arts’s (RSA) lectures and briefs to give some guidance on topics and possible areas to tackle. They have reports on various issues that design could help with.
You can also find challenges through places like OpenIdeo – which is a crowdsourcing platform set up by the global consultancy IDEO to source new ideas to challenges that they have identified.
Areas like Healthcare have also been looked at by the design community for quite a while now, initially through the more traditional design routes like product and interior design but increasing through service innovation. The area of ageing is an issue a few researchers have been tackling in my school.
You can find examples and information of projects in the area of social design through these links.
Designforcare — upcoming book published by Rosenfield Media, authored by Peter Jones
Experience-based Design project by thinkpublic
RED projects by the Design Council
Personhood in Dementia — a research project by Dr. Jayne Wallace from Northumbria University
Community based issues:
Shapedbyus — this is a beta website set up and supported by Cornwall council to collect and resolve issues that affect communities in Cornwall. They are looking to roll this out to the whole of UK if the pilot phase is successful.
DOTT07 and DOTT Cornwall
DOTT stands for Design of the Times and was series of public engagement projects supported and funded by the Design Council . The first one was held in the North East of England in 2007, and the second one in Cornwall in 2009.
DESIS — stands for Design for Social Innovation & Sustainability Network. This linke features social innovation and sustainability projects from around design schools from around the world.
Design Againts Crime DAC is a practice-led design research project that emerged at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM).
This is not a comprehensive list, but its a start. If you have any projects or links that you would like me to add to my list, please add them to the comments list below.
My colleague, Professor Paul Rodgers, and I are writing a textbook provisionally titled “Design Research” to be published by a leading UK-based publisher late next year aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students.
We wish to include top quality, original, speculative, provocative, evocative and/or innovative contributions in this book from the global design research community. We are looking for contributions that will fit under one or more of the following headings:
What is design research?
• The Nature and Process of Design Research (including the history of design research)
• The Purpose of Design Research (i.e. about / for / through / generative / formative / evaluative)
• Research Approaches (ontology and epistemology)
How do we embark on design research?
• Formulating Research Questions
• Conducting a Literature Search and Review
• Developing a Research Plan
How do we conduct design research?
• Asking Questions (e.g. novel sampling approaches)
• Data Collection Methods (e.g. generative / formative / evaluative)
• Analysing Information
• Ethical Issues
How do we communicate design research?
• Writing Techniques
• Writing for Your Audience
• Publicising Your Research
Examples of design research
• Case Studies – How We Embark on Design Research
• Case Studies – How We Conduct Design Research
• Case Studies – How We Communicate Design Research
In the first instance, we wish to solicit contributions from interested authors in the form of a one page summary (circa 300 to 400 words) by Monday 7 May, 2012. We wish to celebrate the plurality of design research and also the wide range of conceptual, methodological, technological and theoretical approaches evident in contemporary design research. We wish to receive contributions from the vast array of disciplines in and around modern design praxis including, but not limited to, the following:
We would especially like to receive contributions that view themselves as inter-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and / or anti-disciplinary in nature.
For more information please contact the editors:
Professor Paul Rodgers and Dr Joyce Yee
Northumbria University, School of Design
The first volume of Iridescent: Icograda Journal of Design Research has just been published. The joint paper that I wrote with Emma Jefferies and Kath McKelvey on the Design Collaboration project is included in this journal. The publication was launched during the Icograda General Assembly 24 in Taipei on 27 October 2011 and can be downloaded as PDF.
I am currently working on a project with Emma Jefferies (@dremmajefferies), ’Design Transitions’ which seek to capture and share inspirational stories of how design companies practices are evolving. We are on the hunt to capture new and untold stories from across the globe in order to compile it into a book. We are looking for practices who are challenging the traditional notions of designing and are operating in new design spaces.
If you know of design companies with inspirational practices and their stories not been told yet we would love to hear about them – all you need to do is comment on this page.
Follow us on our journey through @DesTransitions twitter account. We are also working on a website that will soon be up in January 2012.
The 2nd Nordic Service Design (renamed Service Design and Innovation conference) conference website was launched last month. I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s conference held at AHO, Oslo last year and am hoping to attend again this year at Linkoping, Sweden. The deadline for full paper submissions is on the 19th of June.
’The topic for this year’s conference is ExChanging Knowledge. ServDes invites contributions from researchers and practitioners that wish to contribute to the development of a knowledge base on service design, and openly discuss challenges of the field’.
Just a quick note to mention that the paper that I
Just got back from the First Nordic Service Design conference in Olso. See my previous post. Here are a few pictures from the workshop session ’Challenges in Digital Service Provision’. It was a joint workshop between myself, Teresa Sarmento from ESAD and Lars Georg Teigen,
I really enjoyed the conference, it felt like the most ’designed’ experience of a conference I have ever been to — which is apt as it is a conference on Service Design. I was very impressed by the fact that when I arrived at the hotel, a welcome package was waiting for me in my room — saving me the trouble of needing to register and pick up my conference pack. The organisers also thought about what to include in the pack, a
I’ve also included some pictures from the conference dinner, or shall I say
This was the first dedicated service design conference that I attended and was useful in terms of the issues discussed, as well as observing who was turning up for these type of events. Not sure if this is true…but Simon Clatworthy mentioned that this could be the first dedicated
The issues that was discussed seem to revolve around the areas of understanding the heritage of service design, what can be learn from other forerunners like Participatory Design, Interaction Design etc, to the more predictable areas of methods and tools. There was also a strong branding presence in relation to the design of services. Most of the case studies presented seemed much more business orientated than social projects, which I found surprising seeing that there was a heavy Scandinavian presence where I would expect more social aspects of service design to dominate.
One last word – the next Nordic Service Design Conference will be held next year at Linkoping University, Sweden. I’ll post the link when the call for papers becomes live.
I’m very excited as I will be going to the first Nordic Service Design Conference at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. I’ll be facilitating a joint workshop with Teresa Sarmento from ESAD, Portugal and Lars Teigen from Second Brain. The 3 position papers for our particular workshop (Challenges in the Digital Service Provision) can be found on this page. Scroll down to Day 2 – Crossover Day. Specifically, the paper that I co-wrote with Lauren Tan, a PhD student from Northumbria University and Phillip Meredith, my KTP associate working in Zodiac Training can be downloaded here. It is based heavily on Lauren’s seven archetype of designer roles which has been derived from her analysis of the DOTT07 projects. We were using her seven archetypes to reflect on Phil’s experience in designing and delivering an e-learning service at Zodiac Training, a training delivery company in the North East of England.
In a few days time, I’ll be going to present at the ICOGRADA World Design Education Conference in Beijing. You can find out more about the speakers and the presentation on the conference blog. The paper (which was jointly written by Emma Jefferies and Kath McKelvey) focuses on the development of teaching tools to foster collaborative learning. These teaching tools are available on the Design Collaboration website and I will be talking about how the tools were developed and discuss 5 tools specifically. The website also contains case studies of student project involving industry partners. I’m very excited as this presentation will be the ’official’ launch of the website to an international audience. I hope it will be
The Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG) conference, 2009 held at London Metropolitan University have been made available online. You can access the complete proceedings on this page.
’EKSIG is concerned with the understanding and management of knowledge in research and professional practice in design and design related disciplines in order to clarify fundamental principles and practices of using practice within research, both with regard to research regulations and requirements, and research methodology’.