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Wednesday, August 5 • 13:30 - 13:54
Designing Scientific Research into Design Team Dynamics

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This presentation offers an interim report of a research-into-design study between its pilot stage and its main stage. The study is an empirical investigation of the degrees of congruency between
perceptions of “creative direction-giving” amongst collaborating (as opposed to co-operating) designers. One ambition of this project is to investigate designing scientifically, while doing justice both to the paradigm of empirical natural science and to the practice of design, as it is reflected in cybernetic design theory. Another ambition is to consider the experimental approach from a design perspective. The presentation will be contextualized with an outline of some underlying assumptions shared by cybernetics and design research that are incompatible with the ideals of natural science. These assumptions are: circular causality, non-determinism, and the subjective, included observer. The experimental design of the study, which aims to bridge the aforementioned incompatibility, will be presented, including the design of a novel data acquisition apparatus, and related data analysis methods. Results obtained during the pilot study indicate low congruencies between perceptions of “creative direction-giving” amongst collaborating designers, possibly due to designers’ lack of sensitivity towards their team dynamics. Some possible methodological and design-experimental changes are being considered for the upcoming main stage of the study. These possible changes will be presented and offered for discussion.

Wednesday August 5, 2015 13:30 - 13:54 CEST
Copenhagen 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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