Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Bowen,
Dr Abigail Durrant,
Professor John Bowers,
Professor Peter Wright
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This paper reports a case study investigating the productive value of designers' creative practice within complex academic-industrial collaborations in which a designer's practice had a formative role. Adopting a pragmatic approach, collaborators' experiences of this project were reconstructed through interviews and 'annotated timelines.' Collaborators were found to value the designer's work in responding to their particular concerns whilst also opening up new possibilities. This paper discusses how such benefit is attributable to the designerly thinking' of skilled designers, shifting the focus of work from problem-solving to problematisation and enabling participants to collectively formulate concerns, roles, and potentialities. The paper concludes that designers' creative practice can enable collaborative projects to build upon and transcend participants' expertise and expectations through 'creative exchange.' (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Author(s): Bowen S, Durrant A, Nissen B, Bowers J, Wright P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Design Studies
Print publication date: 01/09/2016
Online publication date: 06/07/2016
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (print): 0142-694X
ISSN (electronic): 1872-6909
Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd.
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