Being a Sociable Designer: Reimagining the Role of Designers in Social Innovation

Tjahja, Cyril and Yee, Joyce (2022) Being a Sociable Designer: Reimagining the Role of Designers in Social Innovation. CoDesign, 18 (1). pp. 135-150. ISSN 1571-0882

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/15710882.2021.2021244

Abstract

The democratisation of the creative process in design and social innovation has brought the position of the designer into question. Therefore, a shift is necessary from the traditional role-based approach towards one that is value-based. This paper introduces the sociable designer, who is driven by being social, rather than doing social. Based on insights from field work conducted in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, this reorientation highlights the value of design in supporting the reconfiguration of social relationships by thinking of design as a socially-embedded practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Design Research Society.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design and social innovation, designer role, relationships
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 13:28
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 13:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48021

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