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A series of podcasts on Design Theory and Methodology followed annually by all master students of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Hosted by the course coordinators Peter Lloyd and Mieke van Der Bijl.

Design Theory and Methodology 2019 Peter Lloyd and Mieke van der Bijl

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A series of podcasts on Design Theory and Methodology followed annually by all master students of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Hosted by the course coordinators Peter Lloyd and Mieke van Der Bijl.

    Episode 8 - Future of Design Methods

    Episode 8 - Future of Design Methods

    In the final DTM podcast Peter talks to Elisa Giaccardi, Professor of Interactive Media Design at IDE, about what design methods will look like in the future. They talk about how artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing the design process from something that is ‘user-centred’ into something much more dynamic. Elisa introduces the idea of how humans and computers can design together through ‘co-performance’. They also touch on the ethical issues involved when dealing with non-human intelligences.

    The interview is based on a book chapter by Elisa called ‘Technology and More than Human Design’ which explores how technology is impacting the design process. She mentions her PhD supervisor Roy Ascott, who has been a strong influence on many well-known designers and artists throughout the world. On page 6 of his book ‘Art, Technology, Consciousness’ he talks about the idea of ‘seeding’ that Elisa refers to. She also quotes from the much-cited social anthropologist Tim Ingold, who writes in his book ‘Correspondences’ about different modes of interaction between humans and non-humans. Ingold has published many interesting books touching on the cultural and contextual aspects of designing.

    In the discussion Mieke mentions the work of John Seely Brown, who was director of the world-famous Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC). In a video titled Sense-making in our Post AlphaGo World he explores the “rapidly changing, broadly connected and radically contingent world and the lenses needed to frame, or reframe, the challenges that technological advances have pushed forward”.

    Peter also mentions an idea called ‘negative capability’, the ability to embrace uncertainty and be comfortable in situations of ambiguity. The idea originally comes from the Romantic Poet John Keats! This short blog post provides more context and further links to explore the subject if you are interested.

    • 38 min.
    Episode 7 - Design Expertise

    Episode 7 - Design Expertise

    In this penultimate DTM podcast Peter talks to one of his colleagues at Delft, Professor Matthijs van Dyke. Matthijs is a Professor of Practice and co-author of the well-known Vision in Product Development (ViP) method. Matthijs is not only an educator though. His main job is working at the design business he co-founded: Reframing Studio in Amsterdam, where he has built up considerable expertise in design working with major clients and organisations.

    • 36 min.
    Bonus Episode - Micro-doc Feedback

    Bonus Episode - Micro-doc Feedback

    In this bonus podcast Mieke and Peter talk about the videos that were submitted for the second part of Assignment 1, discussing the many different documentary styles as well as the strengths and weaknesses of individual videos. Towards the end of the podcast they give some guidance on Part 3 of Assignment 1.

    • 15 min.
    Episode 6 - Participation in Design Processes

    Episode 6 - Participation in Design Processes

    Peter talks to Jocelyn Bailey, an expert in using participative processes in the design of complex social systems. Jocelyn has worked with members of the UK Parliament to raise awareness of design approaches to solving complex problems, she has worked with USCreates, and recently completed a PhD thesis on emerging practices of design in the UK government. In the interview they talk about the different ways of including people in the design process and what can sometimes go wrong. They also discuss problems with finding the right people to codesign with, and appropriately representing specific population groups. Following the interview Peter and Mieke discuss the difference between participation and codesign, why sometimes not including designers in a codesign process can work better, and why designing your own method is best.

    • 33 min.
    Bonus Episode - Post-it Production Feedback

    Bonus Episode - Post-it Production Feedback

    In this bonus podcast Mieke and Peter talk about the videos that were submitted for the first part of Assignment 1, reflecting on the incredible diversity and amazing quality of videos. Towards the end of the podcast they give some guidance on Parts 2 and 3 of Assignment 1.

    • 16 min.
    Episode 5 - Metaphors and Creativity

    Episode 5 - Metaphors and Creativity

    Mieke talks to Nazli Cila from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences about the use of metaphors in product design. She then explores this topic further in short interviews with designers Renée Schuffelers and Willem Mees van der Bijl, and in a discussion with Peter in the studio.

    • 33 min.

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