This research focuses on emphasising the autonomy of designers. Designers must be equipped to solve a client’s problem. This is never a simple fill-in-the-blank exercise, where the design solution follows from a strict sequence of logical design steps. In addition, a successful design requires a certain unruliness of the designer, who is not in service of the chosen solution direction. For this reason, despite many attempts, humans have never been successfully eliminated from the design process. A certain form of autonomy is expected from the designer within contemporary design practice.
This research has now been running for four years and focuses on explicating the autonomous thinking of designers. Approaches and articulations are sought after in philosophical texts to further explore this use of autonomy and to argue its importance. The outcome is of course not a formula, but an extensive package of suggestions, reflections, examples and exercises. These are aimed at promoting designers’ critical, social role and making them aware of potential autonomous approaches, in order to reinforce the unruly and radical creative strategies of designers in current design practice.
The results of the research regularly lead to internal educational publications and are also implemented in an annually developing form within the curriculum of the Communication & Multimedia Design programme in Den Bosch. A result of the research activity is the website creatieveweerbarstigheid.nl
Ongoing research, started in September 2016.
Other researchers involved
Klaar van der Lippe
Minor Playful Interaction (CMD AI&I, ‘s-Hertogenbosch)
Avans University of Applied Sciences