• Design insights for Socially-led interventions

Phillips, Robert, 2019, Journal Article, Design insights for Socially-led interventions Journal of Design, Business & Society, 5 (1). pp. 7-33. ISSN 2055-2106

Abstract or Description:

Design has become an accessible tool for organisations to create impactful outputs. These topics have diverged from mere retail to include; economic prospects, technological paradigms, social empowerment, sustainable resources, citizen-led opportunities and challenges that cross demographics, societies and cultures. Accessible technologies and the reduction of barriers to pilot funding have (in part) enabled the advancement of these socially led responses through design. ‘Enablers’ take many forms including; digital manufacturing, accessible hardware, design platforms, smart technologies all, challenging what ‘designed products’ are… as the ‘product’ is a social impact or intervention. The work mines embedded knowledge from successful award winning organisations, which have not publically shared their unique insights.

The work analyses an interview series of 60 plus CEO’s, founders and co-founders of socially-led organisations with both design and non-design origins. The work identifies socially-led design ‘architectures’ highlighting; issues, lessons and transferable insights. The study includes global organisations occupying territories of: not-for-profits, commercial practices, grass roots organisations, science practitioners, community led ventures and intellectual property enterprises, selected from leading awards. The article identifies insights leading towards ‘Socially-led product architecture’, and repeatable lessons, for non-design and design audiences.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/dbs.5.1.7_1
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 09:46
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2021 17:22
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3659
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