Designing for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings

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Gower Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Design - 354 pages
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As we become familiar with the 21st century we can see that what we are designing is changing, new technologies support the creation of new forms of product and service, and new pressures on business and society demand the design of solutions to increasingly complex problems, sometimes local, often global in nature. Customers, users and stakeholders are no longer passive recipients of design, expectations are higher, and increased participation is often essential. This book explores these issues through the work of 21 research teams. Over a twelve-month period each of these groups held a series of workshops and events to examine different facets of future design activity as part of the UK's research council supported Designing for the 21st Century Research Initiative. Each of these 21 contributions describes the context of enquiry, the journey taken by the research team and key insights generated through discourse. Editor and Initiative Director, Tom Inns, provides an introductory chapter that suggests ways that the reader might navigate these different viewpoints.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
v
Introduction Prof Tom Inns
11
Development of an Approach to Comparing
25
Designing for Services in Science and Technologybased Enterprises
55
Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion Prof Sandy Black
67
Emerging Perspectives
87
The Design Practice that Designs Itself Prof John Wood
101
Performance and Interdisciplinary Design at
116
Design and Physicality Towards an Understanding of Physicality
172
Representing the MultiModality of Urban
190
Rapid Design Intervention to Determine
208
A Case
225
Bike Off 2 Catalysing Anti Theft Bike Bike Parking and Information
238
The Place of Accessibility Guidelines in
258
Practical Design for Social Action Dr Andy Dearden Dr Ann Light
270
Design Synthesis and Shape Generation Prof Alison McKay Dr Scott Chase
304

A Method Dr Ann Light
132
Ubiquitous Technologies and the Design
146
Personalising Unencumbered Multimedia Content
160
Stress Computation Visualisation and Measurement
322
Index
343
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Professor Tom Inns is Director of the AHRC/EPSRC Designing for the 21st Century Research Initiative. He is Chair of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. He was formerly Director of the Design Research Centre, Brunel University, UK.

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