Katarina L Gidlund, Associate professor in
Informatics at Mid Sweden University
Annelie Ekelin, Associate professor in Human Science and
Work Practice, and Media and Communication Science
Karin Danielsson Öberg, PhD and senior lecturer in
Informatics at Umeå University, Sweden
Johanna Sefyrin, PhD and senior lecturer in Informatics at
Mid Sweden University
Critical design methods and thinking is gaining increasing
interest during design of artefacts, applied mainly by interaction
designers in order to create designs that cause reflections (on
roles, norms, values, practices, cultures). It forces reflection
among the users of the artefacts, since the artefact is aimed to
provoke, and to support visions of alternative realities, other
ways of being and living. However, ways to create such
provocations, reflections and visions among the professionals
(designers, researchers and practitioners) is not explored as much.
If considering critical design rather as a position than an
approach for design, how can we support reflection among us as
professionals? Thereby, enable usage of critical design in
our profession? These, and related questions, will be
reflected upon and discussed during the workshop.
This one-day workshop aims to explore ways to enable designers,
researchers and practitioners to discover, apply and increase the
usage of critical design, by exploring, questioning and provoking
ourselves in our own profession. One way of doing this is by using
digital storytelling as a pre-workshop activity. Digital
storytelling support a creation of materials in both literal and
metaphorical ways. Through digital storytelling, we can identify,
express and share conscious and unconscious assumptions of critical
design as such, as well of us as professionals.
During the workshop, the pre-workshop materials (such as images,
movies, illustrations, photos and texts) will be explored and
transformed in order to communicate, envision and understand
critical design. After the workshop, a bank of experiences is
visualised on the workshop website.
People interested to participate in this workshop are
required to submit an up to 300 word summary presenting their
present/future interest and/or usage of critical design in their
profession. In addition to this, an up to 200 word presentation on
ideas of how they plan to create and/or document their digital
stories is submitted.
Please note that the workshop participant brings the individual
digital stories to the workshop. Digital stories can
preferable be available using social media. Any necessary
program for presenting the story is made available by the
workshop participant him/herself.
Selection process will be based on the submitted proposals, in
order to create a mixed group of participants. Submissions are made
through the workshop website.