Being a Sociable Designer: Reimagining the Role of Designers in Social Innovation

Cyril Tjahja*, Joyce Sheau Roei Yee

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Abstract

The democratisation of the creative process in design and social innovation has brought the position of the designer into question. Therefore, a shift is necessary from the traditional role-based approach towards one that is value-based. This paper introduces the sociable designer, who is driven by being social, rather than doing social. Based on insights from field work conducted in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, this reorientation highlights the value of design in supporting the reconfiguration of social relationships by thinking of design as a socially-embedded practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-150
Number of pages16
JournalCoDesign
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date2 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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