Title: Making and Reflection via Playful Design Representations
Authors: Schoffelen, Jessica
Huybrechts, Liesbeth
Braspenning, Laura
Schepers, Selina
Issue Date: 22-May-2013
Publisher: LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture Ghent/Brussels.
Host Document: Knowing (by) Designing. vol:1 issue:1 edition:1 pages:685-693
Conference: Knowing (by) Designing edition:1 location:Brussels date:22-23 July 2013
Abstract: Although the connection of making and knowledge may seem self-evident for a designer, we experienced in developing an educational design research course at Media, Arts & Design Faculty (Genk, Belgium), that when design and research are intertwined, students tend to lose their focus on making. Therefore, this paper explores how the intertwining of making and reflecting can be more explicitly supported throughout the process. We propose to use playful design representations throughout the design process to mediate this interaction between making and reflecting. Elaborating on Buckland (1991), Visser (2011), Suchman (1995) and Palmer (1978), we describe design representations as representations, descriptions, interpretations of (elements of) a design, e.g. field studies, experiments, prototypes. They are made by designers throughout the making process, and used within collaborative settings to enable communication among participants via confronting their reflections in making. We argue that making design representations stimulates iterations and immersion, and in combination with rules of play, reflection and making are even better intertwined. This paper documents the findings and conclusions, which we have drawn from empirical use in our student course, and give an overview of literature on the current uses of design representations and their attempts to combine making and reflecting.
ISBN: 9789081323864
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Institute for Media Studies
Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, Leuven
Audiovisuele kunsten LUCA-Fac.Kunsten

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