Reconstrained Design: Confronting Oblique Design Constraints

Auger, J, Hanna, J and Encinas, E 2017, 'Reconstrained Design: Confronting Oblique Design Constraints', in Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Nordic Design Research (NORDES 17), Oslo, Norway, 15-17 June 2017, pp. 1-8.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Reconstrained Design: Confronting Oblique Design Constraints
Author(s) Auger, J
Hanna, J
Encinas, E
Year 2017
Conference name NORDES 17
Conference location Oslo, Norway
Conference dates 15-17 June 2017
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Nordic Design Research (NORDES 17)
Publisher Nordes
Place of publication Norway
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Abstract This paper presents the identification and analysis of a set of four 'oblique constraints'-named as progress dogma, future nudge, means and ends, and infrastraints-which act as pervasive but often unacknowledged constraining influences that shape design practice and by extension limit future possibilities. We ask: How and why is power exerted? How might this lead to impoverished or problematic futures? How can this dynamic be changed from a design perspective? Drawing from examples of recent work around renewable energy we show how design can be reconstrained to reveal new pathways and encourage more inclusive, holistic, and environmentally responsible futures.
Subjects Digital and Interaction Design
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