This short paper recovers the term ‘imaginaries’ which is often used in the social sciences to describe a meaning system that frames individuals lived experience of an inordinately complex world. The paper goes on to reflect on the extent to which design has the capability to disrupt imaginaries through the development of products in order for people to construct new ones, or whether the discipline is perpetuating old models of the world. The paper uses a workshop method to explore socioeconomic models in order to better balance the multiple imaginaries that participants hold with the opportunity to design disruptive and critical propositions. Reflections upon the workshop and the concept of imaginaries allows the authors to identify a challenge for design in which it must accept its role as mediator and exacerbator.
|Number of pages||5|
|Early online date||31 May 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 31 May 2019|
|Event||13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Running with scissors - University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom|
Duration: 10 Apr 2019 → 12 Apr 2019