Manifestations of everyday design: Guiding goals and motivations

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Desjardins, Audrey, & Wakkary, Ron. (2013). Manifestations of everyday design: Guiding goals and motivations. Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C '13), 253-262. doi:10.1145/2466627.2466643

Date created: 
2013
Keywords: 
Everyday design
Appropriation
Steampunk
Families
Practice theory
DIY
Hobby
Abstract: 

This paper explores the relationship between goals, materials and competences in the practice of everyday design. Appropriations and creative uses of design artifacts are often reported in terms of outcomes and goals; however, we observe a gap in understanding how materials, tools, and competences are also involved in these processes. We conduct a multiple case study of three groups of everyday designers: families, hobbyist jewelers, and steampunk enthusiasts. We provide a description of the aspects of meaning, materials, and competences, as well as how they are interrelated, for each case. Our findings show that amongst these three aspects of the practice of everyday designers, it is the meaning of the practice that acts as the strongest motivator for practitioners. Materials, tools, and competences are hence largely determined accordingly. The implications of this study propose ways to design for practices with different types of meaning: foundational, aesthetic, and aspirational goals.

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English
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The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
GRAND NCE
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