Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title: ||Tracing the tensions surrounding understandings of agency and knowledge in technology design|
|Authors: ||Neubauer, Ruth|
|Keywords: ||Human-computer interaction|
User experience design
|Issue Date: ||2017|
|Publisher: ||Design Management Academy|
|Citation: ||NEUBAUER, R., BOHEMIA, E. and HARMAN, K., 2017. Tracing the tensions surrounding understandings of agency and knowledge in technology design. IN: Bohemia, E., de Bont, C. and Svengren Holm, L. (eds.) Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017 Hong Kong: Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections. Hong Kong, 7-9 June 2017.|
|Abstract: ||The literature suggests that prevailing understandings of the makeup of
design knowledge and agency in producing design knowledge in technology
is not helpful for design processes and its practitioners.
Tensions arise within processes of designing, when design knowledge is
understood as objective, whilst subjectivity is experienced in the research
methods employed. In the same time, knowledge production is pursued in
an individualist manner, where the situated nature of knowing as an
interplay of factors, likely reaching beyond personal traits and human
intention, is not acknowledged.
In this way, design processes are currently working against their inherent
potential with likely effects on designers and subsequently design outcomes.
The arising tensions cause issues for practitioners, who are stuck in between
an objectivity demand and experienced subjectivity, without an alternative
conception of their work.
Practice-oriented conceptualisations of social dynamics, how things are, and
come to be, as well as existing research in consumption practices and
sustainable design, have shown that agency and knowing conceptualised as
emerging from practice might reconcile this tension. It is therefore that we
argue for a reconceptualization of the makeup of knowledge and agency in
knowledge production, so that these advancements in conceptualising
practices can be of service to the technology design discipline.|
|Description: ||This work is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial
4.0 International License.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://designmanagementacademy.com/dma2017/|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers and Presentations (Loughborough University London)|
Files associated with this item:
|70.pdf||Accepted version||824.3 kB||Adobe PDF||View/Open|
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.