This 7th Nordic Design Research Conference comes at a time when earlier social, political and economic conditions, expectations and frameworks are under pressure, and indeed change, globally. Relations between design and power are today perhaps more present that before and them are seemingly strongly polarised. What then are design practitioners, educators, researchers, policy makers and activists, among others, to make of these changes and how are they to engage in effecting informed, ethical, participative and meaningful change? Read »
Retrospective aspects of design research necessarily include historiographic concenrs, methods and accounts. These matter when we are often engaged in the investigation of rapidly appearing technologies and their application in experimental constructions.
Reflection is also needed on prior design processes and outcomes, epecially where these enact known methodological approaches in both design and research. Equally important is the need to reconsider the methods taken up in speculative and experimental approaches and methods in project and production based inquiry where collaboration often features. For innovation in design and for reasoned, critical interpretation and explication, both reflection in and on action are needed. This demands some hindsight along with acknowledgement of contextual and cultural aspects of a time, place and situation. Retrospective views allow us to contrast the concerns of today with those of prior research and against earlier periods of intense development and innovation.