Designing new socio-economic imaginaries

Chris Speed*, Bettina Nissen, Larissa Pschetz, Dave Murray-Rust, Hadi Mehrpouya, Shaune Oosthuizen

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2257-2261
Number of pages5
JournalDesign Journal
Issue numbersup1
Early online date31 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019
Event13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Running with scissors - University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019


  • Imaginaries
  • Economic
  • Design
  • Smart contracts


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