Less Is Too Little – More Is Needed: Body-Motion Experience As A Skill In Design Education
2014 (English)In: Design's Big Debates: Pusching the Boundaries of Design Research / [ed] Johan Redström, Erik Stolterman and Anna Valtonen (General Chairs), 2014, 1327-1341 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Research shows that lack of physical activity in westernized societies has seriousnegative health consequences. We explore a physically sustainable design approachcentered around joyful physical activity in an effort to remedy this situation in some way.Much technology development has been blind for our basic human need for healthy, joyfulphysical activity. This paper presents our approach as used in an explorative case study.During a college course, thirty students explored how physical movement of their bodiescould be used as creative components in the design process. They engaged in what weintroduce in this paper as "physical movement sketching" - a method for experiencing,sharing and reflecting on designs through body movement. The students used thisapproach to generate, test and discuss new design concepts for outdoor gyms. Engagingin physical movement sketching allowed the students to both enjoy and trust their bodiesas design tools. We discuss how our students used physical movement in design andwhat we learned from the case study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 1327-1341 p.
Sketching; Physical movement; Wellbeing; Sustainability; Design space
Human Computer Interaction
Research subject Art, Technology and Design
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-149633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-149633DiVA: diva2:740423
DRS2014,Umeå, Sweden, June 16-19 2014
QC 201408262014-08-252014-08-252015-02-17Bibliographically approved