Workshop ‘The Power of Designers’

The issue of power in PD has recently drawn some interest and our workshop at the Aarhus conference 2015 aims to expand the power discussion to a big and largely unexamined question in PD: how can users possibly collaborate in the design of an artifact?

The aim of the workshop is to get a better understanding of the ‘power of making’. We invite participants to analyze and discuss how the process of ‘making’ is influenced by the design material and by the kinds of ‘seeing’ required in different phases of a design project (cf. Schön’s ‘design moves’); how some design decisions become irreversible; and how by including users’ ways of ‘seeing’ and their choices designers may put themselves in a potentially vulnerable position. How can the ‘making’ in participatory design become more open and accessible to the participating users?

The workshop will take place in Aarhus on 17. August 2015 (see web site for more info).

A more detailed description of the workshop is found here.

Paper submission guidelines is found here.

Published May 4, 2015 2:02 PM - Last modified May 4, 2015 2:22 PM