Designing In With Black Box Technologies and PD

Arthi Manohar, Jo Briggs

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Abstract

Building on prior work we examine design research challenges posed by working with new technological applications of Blockchain within multidisciplinary research. Drawing from recent design research of others, we articulate the value – and associated challenges – of Participatory Design creative approaches involving co-design of similar ‘black box’ technologies. We go on to report on three workshops, including one in which we invited technologists and designers to work together to talk through and materially represent their tacit understandings of how two Blockchain applications – BITNATION and Trust Stamp – work. We demonstrate how creative methods are useful in enabling critical reflection and knowledge exchange providing a useful bridge between radically different disciplines; to counter emerging technologies’ ‘unconscious image’ as magic; and to valuably inform on future oriented design implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDRS2018 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Research Society 2018 - Catalyst
PublisherDRS
ISBN (Print)978-1-912294-26-8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018
EventDesign Research Society 2018 Conference: Catalyst - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Conference

ConferenceDesign Research Society 2018 Conference
Abbreviated titleDRS2018
CountryIreland
CityLimerick
Period25/06/1828/06/18

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