A Critical Artefact Methodology: Using Provocative Conceptual Designs to Foster Human-centred Innovation

Posted on 22 June 2009 in regular

“This research develops a rationale for using provocative conceptual designs to foster the innovation of human-centred product ideas – a ‘critical artefact methodology’.”

“I suggest that critical design (Dunne 1999) and related design practices have similar characteristics and operation to Critical Theory: a view that the status quo (generally affirmed by design) somehow ‘oppresses’ society; that ‘enlightenment’ of the factors underlying this ‘emancipates’ society and is facilitated by a reading of critiques (alternative proposals such as critical artefacts).”

Simon Bowen » A Critical Artefact Methodology:Using Provocative Conceptual Designs to Foster Human-centred Innovation