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Rethinking design: from the methodology of innovation to the object of design

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posted on 26.03.2019, 10:24 by Ruth Neubauer, Erik Bohemia, Kerry Harman
The design literature theorizes design as the methodology of innovation, supposedly required for mediating the world’s separate entities, such as theory and practice, the human and the material, and subjective and objective knowing, coming “naturally” with the designer’s ways of knowing. But instead of taking such naturalizations for granted, we argue that through such positioning of design the specifics of design activity are obscured, along with the locations designers take within them. We propose that “design as a methodology” is an object produced by design. Investigating this object of design, and how it is made, will make visible what design activity is, and what locations the designers take within them.

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Design Issues

Volume

36

Issue

2

Pages

18 - 27

Citation

NEUBAUER, R., BOHEMIA, E. and HARMAN, K., 2020. Rethinking design: from the methodology of innovation to the object of design. Design Issues, 36 (2), pp.18-27.

Publisher

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Publisher statement

NEUBAUER, R., BOHEMIA, E. and HARMAN, K., 2020. Rethinking design: from the methodology of innovation to the object of design. Design Issues, 36 (2), pp.18-27. © Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The journal homepage is at: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/desi

Acceptance date

08/03/2019

Publication date

2020-04-06

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0747-9360

eISSN

1531-4790

Language

en