Program run 2012-2016.
Funded by the Baltic 'Hyresrabatt'.
With 'Prototyping Practices', a research
program at Umeå Institute of Design, we aimed to 'prototype' not
objects or services but practices in order to experiment and
explore the implications of social, cultural and technological
changes and challenges to design. This research program consists of
three basic themes, each containing a set of complex challenges to
the foundations of prevalent design practice.
This basic research program consists of three
parallel but interconnected themes:
Design and Social Innovation addresses
recent developments in user-centred design and how the design
process moves out to become increasingly embedded in social and
Design as a Critical Practice on how
practice-led and artistic design research can be used to develop
and articulate critical perspectives from within design;
The Work of Design after the Age of
Mass-Production exploring (post-)industrial design in the
light of how emerging digital technologies challenge present modes
of mass-production by means of making local, independent and pro-am
Considered on their own, each theme is an
exploration -and a prototyping- of what new design practices might
emerge as a response the new possibilities offered. Considered
together, they form the basis for a more general inquiry into how
practices can (or can not) be prototyped in design research.