From wicked problem to design problem: Developing actionable briefs and solution opportunities through a collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led approach

Bailey, Mark, Spencer, Nick, Chatzakis, Manos, Lampitt Adey, Kate, Sterling, Nate and Smith, Neil (2018) From wicked problem to design problem: Developing actionable briefs and solution opportunities through a collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led approach. In: Proceedings of DRS 2018: Catalyst. Design Research Society, pp. 831-851. ISBN 9781912294275

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Abstract

This paper argues that using a design-led approach is highly beneficial when tackling complex problems to transform ambiguity into actionable design briefs and solution opportunities. This is evidenced by way of an ongoing project with a large public-sector organisation. Northumbria University’s School of Design academic experts use design-led approaches to innovation that promote ‘creative fusion’ between diverse stakeholders in order to tackle ‘wicked problems’. The authors continue this work as part of an AHRC/ERDF-funded programme entitled Creative Fuse North East (CFNE), along with five regional universities, of which the project discussed here is a part. The main objective of which is to develop and deploy approaches to innovation that apply skills from creative graduates to benefit the wider creative economy, address barriers to innovation and promote growth and sustainability within and without of the Creative, Digital and IT sector (CDIT). It will be argued that to do this it is vital to convert stakeholders into co-creation activists empowered with the creative confidence required to speculate about uncertain futures.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: design catalysts, co-creation, problem framing
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 08:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34788

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