Taking the pulse of responsible design: exhibitions as a critical discourse venue

Helen Simmons, Mark Bailey, Nick Spencer

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While there are examples of public discourse around responsible innovation in science, technology, and engineering, less exists on public discussion in the field of responsible design. Without creating space for this to happen, how can design educators stay abreast of the contemporary perspectives of the societies they wish their students to serve? Using a single case study methodology, we describe a snapshot safari activity which convened a multidisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to reflect on and discuss design exhibits and their relation to social innovation. We propose this activity as a conceptual model for convening new forms of publics around exhibited work, enabling critical discourse on different responsible design perspectives. We believe this model could form the basis of further active research ultimately supporting universities to stay contemporary in their relationship with society through a better understanding how others understand responsible design and helping design pedagogy nurture the responsible designers the modern world needs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 123
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2023): Responsible Innovation for Global Co-habitation
EditorsBuck Lyndon, Hilary Grierson, Erik Bohemia
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254194
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2023
Event25th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education : Responsible Innovation for Global Cohabitation - Elisava University, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 6 Sept 20238 Sept 2023
Conference number: 25

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PublisherThe Design Society


Conference25th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education
Abbreviated titleEPDE
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