1 Designing Human Technologies, Administration Department of Roskilde University, Roskilde University2 The Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University3 Visual Culture and Performance Design, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University4 Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University5 Stanford University
A Note towards a Metaphysics of Design Thinking
A central value of what may be termed Experience Design is its aspiration to shift focus from the logic of singular design fields to the interrelations and interactions that take place in situations where people are simultaneously engaged with multiple designs. Experience Design can allow researchers and practitioners to travel – making it possible to follow experiences as they are enacted across and between places, modes of transportation, mobile mediation and assemblages of things. Drawing on the nomadic metaphysics of philosopher Michel Serres, the journeying, shifting and propagating qualities of experience are highlighted as part of a suggestion that design may indeed relate as much to metaphysics as to mechanics, materials science, and the psychology of the consumer and user. An Experience Design is sketched out as the choreography of temporary and shifting engagements across disparate designs, a perspective that complements well the pragmatics of much contemporary design practice, and as captured in the designation “design thinking”.
Experience Design: Concepts and Case Studies, 2014, p. 23-32
experience design; nomadic metaphysics; design thinking; Michel Serres