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Regarding Design as a Constituting Practice Matters
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, School of Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8869-4948
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the Nordic Design Research Conference: 'Making Design Matter', Helsinki: NORDES / [ed] Ilpo Koskinen, Tiina Härkäsalmi, Ramia Mazé, Ben Matthews, Jung-Joo Lee, Helsinki: NORDES , 2011, 308-311 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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This paper explores how the two concepts of representing and constituting are used in relation to design practice. The terms representing and representation are often used to describe the relation a model or prototype has to the end result. In this exploratory paper we investigate the potential impact of a change in terms, from represent to constitute. One inspiration is the writing of John Stewart on the post-semiotic approach to communication. The examples used in the paper are from practice rooted in both traditional industrial design and co-design. I argue that it is important to see design work as a constituting practice rather than a representative one. Supporting this standpoint are both the fact that the future does not yet exist and therefore is difficult to represent, and the strong argument that knowledge is created in dialogue and constituted in action. Thus, when we stop interpreting design matter as representations, design can matter to the world. 

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Helsinki: NORDES , 2011. 308-311 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-12141OAI: diva2:420845
Making Design Matter
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