The value of designers' creative practice within complex collaborations

Bowen, Simon, Durrant, Abigail, Nissen, Bettina, Bowers, John and Wright, Peter (2016) The value of designers' creative practice within complex collaborations. Design Studies, 46. pp. 174-198. ISSN 0142-694X

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Abstract

This paper reports a case study investigating the productive value of designers' creative practice within complex academic-industrial collaborations in which a designer's practice had a formative role. Adopting a pragmatic approach, collaborators' experiences of this project were reconstructed through interviews and ‘annotated timelines.’ Collaborators were found to value the designer's work in responding to their particular concerns whilst also opening up new possibilities. This paper discusses how such benefit is attributable to the ‘designerly thinking’ of skilled designers, shifting the focus of work from problem-solving to problematisation and enabling participants to collectively formulate concerns, roles, and potentialities. The paper concludes that designers' creative practice can enable collaborative projects to build upon and transcend participants' expertise and expectations through ‘creative exchange.’

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: design practice; design epistemology; participatory design; reflective practice; case study/studies
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 17:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35233

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