Within and without the field of Design, there is an assumption that we need to understand a context before we can design. The majority of design models, linear, iterative or circular, often begin with analyzing a context before design proposals are made. We will, however, call into question this assumption and its practice.
We will argue that having a context does not guarantee design proposals as there is what Wolfgang Jonas calls ‘causality gap’. Besides, an introduction of a new design will change the context in which it is a part and therefore, context can never be fully be described. We will suggest that designing can be a way of constructing (non-existing) design-cum-context. Our suggestion is in line with the idea of design being a learning process. A design project, therefore in principle, can begin with projection instead of analysis. We will end by suggesting potential practices in this direction.
|Keywords:||Projection, Analysis, Design Process|
Research Scientist, Design Research Lab, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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