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[CRITICAL] DESIGN MODES: Design research

Bruce Hanington

Bruce Hanington is a professor and head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, he was director of graduate studies, and program chair of industrial design. Bruce has dedicated his teaching and research to methods and practices for human-centered design, with an emphasis on design ethnography, participatory design, and the meaning of form in context. In addition to working with industry partners through collaborative projects and executive education, his work has been published in Design Issues, The Design Journal, and Interactions, with chapters in in Affective Sciences inHuman Factors and Human-Computer Interaction, and The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design. Bruce is co-author with Bella Martin of Universal Methods ofDesign: 125 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, andDesign Effective Solutions. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Design inIndustrial Design and a BA in Applied Psychology, both from the University ofCalgary, Canada.

Keynote Title: Design education and practice for civic engagement and social change: Trends in methods and approaches

There has been a surge of methods and approaches geared toward the design of products and services for social good in recent years, evident in both design education and practice. Many faculty researchers, young designers, and seasoned professionals pivoting their careers, are motivated to leverage their design thinking and skills to catalyze positive change in the world. Design for social and environmental sustainability builds on the foundation of precedent methods and approaches such as Participatory Design. However, traditional methods have been challenged and new methods and approaches introduced, including behavioral design, civic design and policy, futures and foresight methods, the expansion of service design, and the emergence of transition design. This keynote will present a short span of trends observed in the shift of design methods and approaches oriented toward civic engagement and social change.  The presentation will include encouraging signs of research and material taught in university programs being applied in practice, and professional opportunities in turn influencing design education and research for social good. Examples will be featured in the context of faculty research, studio and classroom projects, external workshops and collaborations, and recent employment indicators. These exemplars will aim to enhance the understanding of how design for civic engagement and social change is spanning both the learning environment and professional design practice.

Keynote Date

8 Dec (Wed) 09:00 HKT

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