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w11.435: Workshop
Friday, 21/Jun/2019:
2:00pm - 3:40pm

Location: LDN.102
1st floor Loughborough University London 60 capacity

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. To book your place to participate please email to Liv on The places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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2:00pm - 3:40pm

Design Literacy

Liv Merete Nielsen1, Erik Bohemia1, Karen Brænne2

1Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway; 2Volda University College, Norway

The aim of the workshop is to establish a Design Literacy International Network. For this purpose, we will bring together a group of international scholars who are interested in exploring an emerging area of the Design Literacy. As production and consumption are very much tight around human designed and made systems, we argue that it is increasingly imperative that citizens develop understanding of how these products and services are produced and consumed. We hope that this will then provide citizens with a wider degree of perspectives on how they can play a vital role in shaping the word.

For example, we propose to explore the uptake of Design Literacies within education (both universities and K12), or how they are used informing policy development or within commercial organisations. The overall aim is to support critical knowledge development related to Design Literacies.

The Design Literacy workshop will draw on ideas presented in the paper Track 6.b ‘Design Literacy enabling Critical Innovation Practices’. The authors of the papers will be invited to take part in the workshop with several of the places opened for other interested conference delegates to take part.

Prior to the workshop, each of the intended participants will be asked to submit a ‘poster’ which will be made accessible to all other workshop participants via online. The goal for the posters is to act as a ‘calling card’ in terms of:

(a) Who will be attending?

(b) What it is they would like to get from being a member of the Design Literacy International Network?

(c) How do they envisage this will fit with their plans?

Production of the poster will enable the Design Literacy Workshop participants to articulate how the Network membership might support their personal goals. This is an important aspect as we envisage to develop proactive network which will support its international colleagues with diverse career paths and visions. Thus, recognising that members’ context will play an important part of how the Design Literacies might be taken up. The posters will also be used to explore the key topics which will be discussed within allocated groups during the workshop.

The proposed format and schedule for the dedicated 90 minutes of running the workshop:

10” – The workshop will start with a short introduction about the aims of the workshops

05” – participants moving into allocated work groups

20” – round table seminar (1)

05” – participants moving into re-allocated work groups

20” – round table seminar (2)

20” – with short presentations from the participating researchers

10” – summing up of the key ideas

– The outcomes of the workshop

The outcome of the workshop will be a web-page and the planning of funding for the network.

– The minimum and maximum number of participants

Maximum participants will be 20 persons. We envisage that 10 places will be allocated to invited participants, and 10 places will be open to other delegates.

– How the workshop might benefit the participants

The specific workshop aim is to give researchers the opportunity to articulate their Research on Design Literacy and formulate how their interests can be incorporate to inform development of international network of scholars exploring filed of the Design Literacy. The long-term aim is to develop rich resources which can be adopted by the Design Literacy International Network members to develop specific research funding applications.

Workshops-Design Literacy-435Nielsen_a.pdf

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