Susu Nousala, David Ing and Peter Jones
Since 2014, an international collaborative of design leaders has been exploring ways in which methods can be augmented, transitioning from the heritage legacy focus on products and services towards a broad range of complex sociotechnical systems and contemporary societal problems issues. At last year’s RSD4 Symposium, DesignX founder Don Norman presented a keynote talk on the frontiers of design practice and necessity for advanced design education for highly complex sociotechnical problems. He identified the qualities of these systems as relevant to DesignX problems, and called for systemics, transdisciplinarity and the need for high-quality observations (or evidence) in design problems. Initial directions found were proposed in the first DesignX workshop in October 2015, which have been published in the new design journal Shè Jì. In October 2016, another DesignX workshop was be held at Tongji University in Shanghai, overlapping with the timing of the RSD5 Symposium. The timing of these events presented an opportunity to explore design education and research concepts, ideas and directions of thought that emerged from the multiple discussions and reflections through this experimental workshop. The aim of this reporting paper is to reflect and present the process and experiences for those who maybe interested in the approach.
Susu Nousala, David Ing and Peter Jones, "Systemic Design, Education and the Design Research Agenda: A report and reflections on a workshop at the RSD5 Symposium, October 2016", FORMakademisk, 2018, in review.