In an effort to wrangle the term design thinking into submission, I'm trying to untangle design thinking from all the words...design, designing, thinking, and designing our thinking. As a model for change in the world of post secondary education, design thinking serves an important purpose: it is both a tool that can enhance learning for … Continue reading Untangling Design Thinking from Designing, Thinking, and Designing our Thinking.
Recently I had the opportunity to contribute an article to Perspectives at EPICpeople.org. The full text can be found here: https://www.epicpeople.org/design-ethnography-practice/ What do you think? How do designers understand research, and how are they designing the future of ethnography?
Designing Innovation: A Proposal For Future Policy Direction (Dorland, 2012) builds off of the initial discussions started in 2010 about the need for a Canadian National Design Policy. This working paper explores various forms of creative policies using case studies from Europe, the USA and England, and suggests that a hybrid of innovation, creative industries … Continue reading What form should Canada’s national design policy take?
Practice Theory in the Studio: The Dynamics of Change in Innovative Design Methodologies (Dorland, 2016) locates and maps the field of practice-based approaches, suggesting that the practice turn identified by Warde (2005) has moved into a third wave of empirical study. It then explores how three key scholars from the second wave of practice theory … Continue reading How is the practice of participatory design embedded, adapted and shared in the studio?
Saying the Unsayable: Intersections of Tacit Knowing and Explicit Knowledge Within an Expanded Definition of Design Thinking (Dorland, 2016) explores the origins of the term "design thinking" and proposes that the term can be best understood as a method of knowledge conversion, rather than as either a tacit, or an explicit way of knowing. This … Continue reading How can we understand design thinking as a conversion between tacit and explicit forms of knowledge?
Design Ethnography and Ethnographies of Designers: An Embedded and Collaborative Approach to the Study of Cultural Producers (Dorland, 2016)