Lifelines: users and designers as persons in relation
Nottingham School of Art and Design Research Lecture Series 2022
This Research Lecture presents a discussion on the sometimes deeply relational nature of doing design with users when viewed through the lens of Carl Rogers’ Person-Centred Approach.
Prof Sarah Kettley, Chair of Material and Design Innovation, School of Design, Edinburgh University.
- From: Wednesday 19 January 2022, 12.30 pm
- To: Wednesday 19 January 2022, 1.45 pm
- Cost: Free
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Abstract: The use of self in research is a concept well-developed in health care ethics and care professions, while the interpersonal relationship is highly valued in psychotherapy research and practice. Inspired by this paradigm, the talk presents a discussion on the sometimes deeply relational nature of doing design with users when viewed through the lens of Carl Rogers’ Person-Centred Approach (PCA) (1961/1967). A case study is used to illustrate an encounter of relational depth as experienced by a student/participant team using the Lifelines creative brief to co-design prosthetics. Lifelines is a material and formal activity, developed by Jivan Astfalck (2008, 2011), in which a person’s life is represented by ten significant moments through the creative use of materials and found objects. Originally used as part of an interpretive (psycho-analytical) framework, this talk discusses the method’s facility to also support relational depth or moments of encounter in the design process as understood by the PCA (Schmid 2013). The case study suggests that Lifelines may be a tool for transformative research, encouraging engagement with both the self and the other as whole persons, thereby strengthening the “ethical reflex” necessary in design (Vandenberghe and Slegers 2016, 514). http://journals.ed.ac.uk/airea
Biography: Sarah Kettley is Professor of Material and Design Innovation and Co-Chair of the RAFT research group at Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh. Her areas of interest include research-through-design, craft as a methodology for wearable technologies, crafting tangible interfaces for the smart built environment, digital jewellery, smart textiles, theory development in craft and design, design methodology development, the anthropology of craft and design, speculative and participatory service design, the Person-Centred Approach as an ethical participatory design framework, and design for mental health and wellbeing. As an Academic Fellow of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, she is co-developing an innovative curriculum and research initiative that will open up the design of data-driven futures to diverse communities and stakeholders, and to practices in making traditions of all kinds. At the heart of this is a critical, ethical and phronetic concern for human agency (including critique, love, and appreciation), particularly where a behavioural design paradigm is most likely to be unquestioningly applied. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a founder member of the interdisciplinary Arcintex research network, and convenes the Design Research Society special interest group, tentSIG (tangible, embedded and networked technologies).
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