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Design Methods and Critical Historiography: An Example from Swedish User-Centered Design
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2018 (English)In: Design Issues, ISSN 0747-9360, E-ISSN 1531-4790, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 20-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Design history tends to focus on designers and design outcomes, primarily objects. In contrast, historical accounts and analyses of designing are rare. This paper argues for the need of design histories that also address the origins of our design methods with respect to contexts, values and ideas in order to understand what these actually bring to the contemporary design situation. To illustrate what such a historical approach to design methods might bring, we present a study on the origins of Scandinavian user-centered design. In particular, we discuss the Home Research Institute's (HFI) development of methods for investigating and reforming everyday life and domestic work in mid-1940s Sweden.

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MIT Press, 2018. Vol. 34, no 2, p. 20-30
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design methods, design history, user-centered design, industrial design, Scandinavian design
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146799DOI: 10.1162/DESI_a_00483ISI: 000428944100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146799DiVA, id: diva2:1202329
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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