Distributed Learning Infrastructures in the Anthropology of Design

By Luca Simeone.

Published by The Design Collection

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The anthropology of design is a hybrid field of study which in recent years has undergone and produced remarkable developments, above all in the interactions between the research laboratories of private companies and public institutes (universities or government bodies). The platforms and philosophies of social media have established the technological infrastructure and the circuit for the exchange of these interactions. Today it is on these technological backbones that anthropology of design articulates its practices and its educational strategies: the access to simple publishing and sharing instruments on the web and the free distribution of information that is traditionally reserved for limited channels and media (podcasts of university lectures, recordings of conferences, specialized blogs) set up the junctions for pathways of new circuits of knowledge.
These outcomes and medial trends not only profoundly influence the places and methods of production and access to scientific literature but also the teaching practices which, in some cases, are attempting to utilize this auroral phase of the discipline to propose creative and innovative ways of learning where spatial-temporal geographies are ever more distributed, liquid and omnipresent.

Keywords: Design Anthropology, Distributed and Ubiquitous Learning, Mathetics Presentation Virtual Presentation

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.95-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 587.765KB).

Luca Simeone

Design Anthropologist, FakePress, Roma, Italy

Luca Simeone is a Design Anthropologist and a contemporary entrepreneur. He leads projects in which solutions are designed through ethnographic research methods. His past experiences include the production of award-winning websites and cross-medial interaction design projects for clients ranging from international brands to museums and institutions. Luca has an extensive academic history featuring participation in scientific and commercial publications and teaching and R&D experience at several universities in Rome, Naples and Milan, Italy and New Delhi, India, on the subjects of Cultural Anthropology, Interaction Design, Innovation, Psychology of emotions and Experience Design.


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