• Engaging design: Empowering beyond ‘participation’ for active engagement

Phillips, Robert ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0743-6064 and Gant, Nicholas, 2021, Journal Article, Engaging design: Empowering beyond ‘participation’ for active engagement Research in Art and Education, 2021 (1). pp. 23-49. ISSN 2670-2142

Abstract or Description:

Design’s approach to complexity; often employs tactics aimed at engaging the public, provoking awareness, seeking transitional behaviour(s) and provoking changes in culture. Engaging Design (ED) initiates active involvement (as
a new paradigm for embedding provocative design propositions) within communities and society. ED is an empowering practice (traversing beyond participation) energising communities, providing agency and facilitating; ‘selfauthored’
and ‘community authored’ responsible change. Distributed tools, capabilities and access to knowledge has transformed ‘authorship’ to be socially, environmentally and contextually led. ED examples respond to environmental concerns; presenting opportunities to achieve sustainable and responsible goals.

The work focuses on ‘authorship and responsibility’ as material and engagement ‘mis-use’ remains unregulated. This presents design’s responsibility toward embodying sustainable behaviour in all its means. We analyse two case study research projects that foster independence, authorship, as a means to engender engagement; 1) My Naturewatch, engages DIY technologies to create digital trail cameras, empowering people to create and author ‘accessible nature’, through ‘homecooked’ environment exploration. 2) Grangemead, is a facilitated, community-led response, enabling participants to design their own garden within a local-authority carehome. Authors unpick design practice examples, presenting Engaging Design methods for; impactful, responsible, co-authored, sustainable and resilient design interactions.

Official URL: https://researtsedu.com/2021-february-1
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: EPSRC [EP/P006353/1]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Engagement; Authorship; Empowering; Responsible; Sustainability
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2021 14:59
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 16:15
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4780
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