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Clark, Brendon, associate professor
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Clark, B. & Fernaeus, Y. (2023). Playing with the elasticity of hybrid design education. IxD&A: Interaction Design and Architecture(s) (58), 110-131
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Playing with the elasticity of hybrid design education
2023 (English)In: IxD&A: Interaction Design and Architecture(s), ISSN 1826-9745, E-ISSN 2283-2998, no 58, p. 110-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the shift in design education from traditional, hands-on practices to digitally-based approaches, particularly accelerated by the sudden and temporary remote teaching mandates that affected design schools during the global pandemic restrictions of the early 2020’s. It uses a case involving an interaction design class during such restrictions, where students engaged in, designed, and facilitated 15-minute remote collaborative activities called "Fire-up" sessions, to demonstrate how a short design doing task can provide surface what is at stake in the design of hybrid learning activities. Reflections of the students and teachers are used to take the pulse of remote and hybrid teaching arrangements that are physicality and materiality inherent in design education, emphasizing the perceived elasticity of physical and digital arrangements in these contexts. The paper offers three main sensitizing instruments to consider when arranging and engaging in hybrid design work. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development, 2023
Keywords
design education, hybrid formats, interaction elasticity
National Category
Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-218770 (URN)10.55612/s-5002-058-005 (DOI)
Available from: 2024-01-02 Created: 2024-01-02 Last updated: 2024-01-03Bibliographically approved
Clark, B. & Torretta, N. B. (2022). Improvisational Design Dialogue: exploring relational design encounters as means to dismantle oppression in design. In: Dan Lockton; Sara Lenzi; Paul Hekkert; Arlene Oak; Juan Sádaba; Peter Lloyd (Ed.), DRS2022: Bilbao. Paper presented at Design Research Society Conference 2022, Bilbao, Spain, June 25 – July 1, 2022.. London: Design Research Society, Article ID 104.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Improvisational Design Dialogue: exploring relational design encounters as means to dismantle oppression in design
2022 (English)In: DRS2022: Bilbao / [ed] Dan Lockton; Sara Lenzi; Paul Hekkert; Arlene Oak; Juan Sádaba; Peter Lloyd, London: Design Research Society, 2022, article id 104Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To explore dismantling oppressive power relations in design, we bring to fore design encounters through the lens of relationality and improvisational competence. This paper is based on the premise that, if we are to move toward decolonizing design, design(ers) needs to re-think the organization of the design encounter and how we as designers practice participation in such encounters. We emphasize the improvisational nature of turn-taking in dialogue amidst asymmetric and dynamic power relations, with design’s commitment to generating resources for future practices, and decolonization’s commitment to re-configure power structures. After problematizing the design encounter from a power relation perspective, we explore practice models for developing improvisational competence. We do this by looking at the two improvisational dialogic practices of Capoeira and Improv Theater. We focus on what it can mean to develop skills in “improvisational competence” of relationality in design. We first touch on our previous Participatory Design work in the language learning “in the wild” agenda and then draw on each of our personal improvisational practices: Capoeira martial art, and improvisational theater. We then outline possibilities for relational improvisational design dialogue and conclude by outlining how it can be practiced in Design education and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Design Research Society, 2022
Series
PROCEEDINGS OF DRS, ISSN 2398-3132
Keywords
power relation, improvisation, relationality, decolonization
National Category
Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-198677 (URN)10.21606/drs.2022.386 (DOI)978-1-91229-457-2 (ISBN)
Conference
Design Research Society Conference 2022, Bilbao, Spain, June 25 – July 1, 2022.
Note

Joint authorship with names in alphabetical order.

Available from: 2022-08-17 Created: 2022-08-17 Last updated: 2023-01-27Bibliographically approved
Clark, B. (2021). Expansive Video Capture: Up close, personal & specific tutoring "performances". In: Loredana Di Lucchio; Lorenzo Imbesi; Angela Giambattista; Viktor Malakuczi (Ed.), Design Culture(s). Cumulus Conference Proceedings Roma 2021: . Paper presented at Cumulus Conference Roma 2021: Design Culture(s), Rome, Italy and virtually, June 8-11, 2021 (pp. 2253-2264). Rome: The Cumulus Association, 2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Expansive Video Capture: Up close, personal & specific tutoring "performances"
2021 (English)In: Design Culture(s). Cumulus Conference Proceedings Roma 2021 / [ed] Loredana Di Lucchio; Lorenzo Imbesi; Angela Giambattista; Viktor Malakuczi, Rome: The Cumulus Association , 2021, Vol. 2, p. 2253-2264Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Moving fully or partially online during the pandemic has exposed challenges in appreciating the nuances of sociomaterial design work in the design student / tutor encounter, while also offering opportunities for introducing “new” practices to otherwise resistant students and tutors. This paper explores a simple format for and practice of video capture that encourages students to provide detailed descriptions of up-close visual material, giving tutors a comparatively expanded view of the student work and the student or student-teams relationship to their work. By framing the video capture moment as a form of performance for both the tutor(s) and the student(s) involved in the video capture, the paper argues that the video-making process is a productive practice in and of itself, and a collaborative, dialogic one in concert with the tutor as audience, as well as its use as representational practice for tutor consumption. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rome: The Cumulus Association, 2021
Series
Cumulus Conference Proceedings Series, ISSN 2490-046X ; 7
Keywords
asynchronous tutoring, video capture, co-performance
National Category
Human Computer Interaction Pedagogy
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-186512 (URN)978-952-64-9004-5 (ISBN)
Conference
Cumulus Conference Roma 2021: Design Culture(s), Rome, Italy and virtually, June 8-11, 2021
Available from: 2021-08-09 Created: 2021-08-09 Last updated: 2021-09-29Bibliographically approved
Clark, B. & Torretta, N. B. (2021). Improvisational Design Dialogue. In: CHI2021 Online interactive workshop: Decolonizing Design Practices: Towards Pluriversality. Paper presented at CHI 2021, Online Virtual Conference (Originally Yokohama, Japan), May 8-13, 2021.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Improvisational Design Dialogue
2021 (English)In: CHI2021 Online interactive workshop: Decolonizing Design Practices: Towards Pluriversality, 2021Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We take the position that, if we wish to move toward decolonizing design, design(ers) needs to re-think the organization of the design encounter and how we as designers practice participation in that encounter. We emphasize the improvisational nature of turn-taking in “real-time” dialogue amidst asymmetric and dynamic power relations, with design’s commitment to generating resources for future practices, and decolonization’s commitment to re-configure power structures. Improvisational design dialogue – unraveling partial glimpses of our individual and collective journeys in improvised performances of potential realities through a dance of multimodal, partially distributed, partially synchronized dialogue in the “design present”. 

Keywords
decolonizing design, participatory design
National Category
Human Computer Interaction Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-186516 (URN)
Conference
CHI 2021, Online Virtual Conference (Originally Yokohama, Japan), May 8-13, 2021
Note

4-page position paper, currently under development for a special issue. 

Available from: 2021-08-10 Created: 2021-08-10 Last updated: 2023-01-27Bibliographically approved
Torretta, N. B., Reitsma, L., Clark, B., Hillgren, P.-A. & Jönsson, L. (2021). Stories for Collaborative Survival. In: Eva Brandt; Thomas Markussen; Eeva Berglund; Per Linde (Ed.), Matters of Scale: NORDES 2021. Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Design Research Conference. Paper presented at NORDES 2021, Nordic Design Research Conference, Online via Kolding, Denmark, August 15-18, 2021 (pp. 495-498). Kolding: Design School Kolding; University of Southern Denmark, 9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stories for Collaborative Survival
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2021 (English)In: Matters of Scale: NORDES 2021. Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Design Research Conference / [ed] Eva Brandt; Thomas Markussen; Eeva Berglund; Per Linde, Kolding: Design School Kolding; University of Southern Denmark , 2021, Vol. 9, p. 495-498Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What if this abstract was actually the middle of the story? And instead of it being a summary of what we try to do in this workshop, by individual ‘heroes’ that summarize the whole text, this section would be a collective account of why the text is worth reading and sharing. What if this section was not the beginning of a linear story, but a passage in a circular (re)telling of a shared experience? What if experimenting with such non-linear stories might change the way we tell stories in and through design? In this workshop we invite the design research community to explore how to situate sustainability through storytelling. In this workshop we explore how to bring forward individual neglected stories, dislodging heroic and universalist narratives, to explore how we can collectively listen, share, co-create and tell stories that can contribute to survival across individual and social scales.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kolding: Design School Kolding; University of Southern Denmark, 2021
Series
Nordic design research conference, ISSN 1604-9705
Keywords
design research, participatory design, sustainability, collaborative survival
National Category
Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187157 (URN)
Conference
NORDES 2021, Nordic Design Research Conference, Online via Kolding, Denmark, August 15-18, 2021
Available from: 2021-09-03 Created: 2021-09-03 Last updated: 2023-01-27Bibliographically approved
Lilja, N., Piirainen-Marsh, A., Clark, B. & Torretta, N. B. (2019). The rally course: learners as co-designers of out-of-classroom language learning tasks. In: John Hellermann; Søren W. Eskildsen; Simona Pekarek Doehler; Arja Piirainen-Marsh (Ed.), Conversation analytic research on learning-in-action: the complex ecology of second language interaction ‘in the wild’ (pp. 219-248). Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The rally course: learners as co-designers of out-of-classroom language learning tasks
2019 (English)In: Conversation analytic research on learning-in-action: the complex ecology of second language interaction ‘in the wild’ / [ed] John Hellermann; Søren W. Eskildsen; Simona Pekarek Doehler; Arja Piirainen-Marsh, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2019, , p. 30p. 219-248Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter introduces a “Rally Course” as a novel CA-inspired approach to teaching a second language. This approach builds on an understanding of language learning as a social process that is closely intertwined with L2 speakers’ evolving membership in the surrounding community. It addresses the need to develop experiential pedagogies that widen learners’ opportunities for interaction and support the socialisation process. Building on recent pedagogical initiatives supporting language learning in the wild, we illustrate the overall structure of the Rally Course, describe the main materials that were designed to support the learning objectives and present a case analysis of a student carrying out a pedagogical activity supported by the materials.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2019. p. 30
Series
Educational Linguistics, ISSN 1572-0292, E-ISSN 2215-1656 ; 38
Keywords
Interaction navigator, Journey map, Mapping activity, Photo journal, Rally Course
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-203462 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-22165-2_9 (DOI)2-s2.0-85091157078 (Scopus ID)978-3-030-22164-5 (ISBN)978-3-030-22165-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-01-18 Created: 2023-01-18 Last updated: 2023-01-27Bibliographically approved
Lawrence, J. & Clark, B. (2018). Building Alignment and Sparking Momentum with Tangible Future Scenarios. Design Management Review, 29(2), 20-25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Building Alignment and Sparking Momentum with Tangible Future Scenarios
2018 (English)In: Design Management Review, ISSN 1045-7194, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 20-25Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Tangible Future Scenarios use props, improvisation, and a cooperative approach to invite discussion and drive further iterations with stakeholders. This storytelling approach aims to align people and ideas more quickly.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2018
Keywords
method development, design strategy
National Category
Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-171536 (URN)10.1111/drev.12124 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-06-04 Created: 2020-06-04 Last updated: 2021-08-16Bibliographically approved
Clark, B. & Torretta, N. B. (2018). Co-creating language learning journeys: a designerly approach to supporting experiential language learning practices : a resource for teachers and teacher educators. Barcelona: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-creating language learning journeys: a designerly approach to supporting experiential language learning practices : a resource for teachers and teacher educators
2018 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is often a great difference between what a student learns in a second language class and the competence a student needs to use a second language in the context of everyday life. The ability to speak a language and the ability to participate in everyday activities using a language are tightly linked. For many, the goal of language learning is to be able to participate competently in activities with other people using the target language, whether it is in a simple service interaction such as ordering food at a restaurant, or joining a conversation with colleagues during a break at work, or more involved types of participation such as interacting with the hospital staff during an emergency, or giving a presentation to a room full of colleagues, investors, or a scientific community. These interactive situations are potentially influenced by the physical environment, surrounding physical artefacts, gestures and other bodily actions. Often these situated interactions are influenced by what each of the participants may have been doing before and what they are intending to do afterward, and the practices they have developed in similar situations, and the relationships they have developed with the other participants. 

These materials introduce a set of concepts, 'toolboxes' and examples for supporting a reflective experiential language learning practice where the learner uses the social interactions in everyday situations as the basis for reflection and future action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Barcelona: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2018. p. 29
Series
KONECT teaching materials ; 7
National Category
Educational Sciences Design
Research subject
education; design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147795 (URN)978-84-09-00969-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-18 Created: 2018-05-18 Last updated: 2023-01-27Bibliographically approved
Aliasgari, M. & Clark, B. (2017). Baby steps or stage dive into a critical design dialogue. IxD&A: Interaction Design and Architecture(s) (32), 38-47
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Baby steps or stage dive into a critical design dialogue
2017 (English)In: IxD&A: Interaction Design and Architecture(s), ISSN 1826-9745, E-ISSN 2283-2998, no 32, p. 38-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper puts forward the early, practical actions “in context” that can begin to sensitize, orient, expand, and constrain design dialogue at the outset of a design effort. Drawing on a case of “breaching experiments” in “non-places” we explore a “first approximation” of interventionist participation into the context of future interactive & responsive design interventions. By introducing a design journey, we have shed a light on how a human-centric approach, applied to the context of Human Building Interaction (HBI), can support an interventionist design dialogue between people and designed environment through processes of stirring up what’s beyond ‘norms’ of interaction.  

Keywords
Breaching experiment, Ethnographic research, Interactive design, Non-place, Prototype, Social interaction
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-194782 (URN)
Available from: 2022-05-17 Created: 2022-05-17 Last updated: 2022-05-18Bibliographically approved
Clark, B. & Caldwell, M. L. (2016). Design Anthropology On the Fly: Performative Spontaneity in Commercial Ethnographic Research. In: Rachel Charlotte Smith, Kasper Tang Vangkilde, Mette Gislev Kjaersgaard, Ton Otto, Joachim Halse, Thomas Binder (Ed.), Design Anthropological Futures: exploring emergence, intervention and formation (pp. 169-182). London: Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design Anthropology On the Fly: Performative Spontaneity in Commercial Ethnographic Research
2016 (English)In: Design Anthropological Futures: exploring emergence, intervention and formation / [ed] Rachel Charlotte Smith, Kasper Tang Vangkilde, Mette Gislev Kjaersgaard, Ton Otto, Joachim Halse, Thomas Binder, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, p. 169-182Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
Keywords
design anthropology
National Category
Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-171543 (URN)9781474280600 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-06-04 Created: 2020-06-04 Last updated: 2020-06-05Bibliographically approved
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