Moving from objects to possibilities

Jared Donovan, Wendy Gunn

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By the use of two very particular and interlinked accounts the focus of this chapter is how the making of new artefacts and types of artefacts can mediate processes of inquiry and lead to changes of practice. Firstly an ethnographic study of the interrelated use of different artefact types within design work and secondly a description of a notation developed to document ethnographic observations of the first case. Practices of design and ethnography are portrayed as equally bound to the explorative making of representations and the materialities through which they are transformed. And if so would designers and anthropologists be better placed to determine appropriate strategies and procedures by turning more to the materially mediated character of people processual engagements and less upon discursive negotiations dealing with the appropriate collection of information and data. The chapter explores these issues involves an episode of individual daily practice within a Danish industrial design agency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign and Anthropology
EditorsWendy Gunn, Jared Donovan
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317152620
ISBN (Print)9781409421580
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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