Design and social innovation at the margins: finding and making cultures of plurality

Light, Ann (2019) Design and social innovation at the margins: finding and making cultures of plurality. Design and Culture. ISSN 1754-7075 (Accepted)

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Design has become a global activity dominated by one set of cultural interests to produce a consistency of practice. This essay uses an experience of design for social innovation in northern Finland, inspired by land and place, to speculate upon the dimensions across which plurality in designing could be embraced in an increasingly globalized world. Informed by discussions while helping to run the Design and Social Innovation in the Asia Pacific events of 2016, it uses Kasulis’ (2002) analysis of cultural orientation and his insight that a key difference underpinning cultures is how people may orientate towards intimacy and integrity. It then explores what a form of intimate design might look like. In doing so, it uses Ingold’s study of North-ness to challenge totalizing narratives of progress and explore what a marginal view can offer to address site-specific needs and dispense with design orthodoxies.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN357 Culture and cultural processes Including social change, structuralism, diffusion, etc.
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
Depositing User: Ann Light
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 10:33

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