Design Research for Change Symposium

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

The School of Design's Dan Lockton will be presenting 'Metaphors and Imaginaries in Design Research for Change', a paper exploring the Imaginaries Lab's work over the past few years, as part of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council's Design Research for Change Symposium.

The event, taking place at London's Design Museum, brings together international design researchers to examine the “social turn” in design, exploring how design is increasingly involved in social, cultural, economic, environmental and political change.

Lockton's presentation, co-authored with current Imaginaries Lab researchers Michelle Chou, Aadya Krishnaprasad, Deepika Dixit, Stefania La Vattiata, Jisoo Shon, Matt Geiger, and Tammar Zea-Wolfson, will show the variety of the lab's work and how the potential to use design methods to investigate how people think and understand is a component of design research for change that has been underexplored by designers focused primarily on changing behavior. It argues that by seeking to ‘understand people’s understanding better’, design research can contribute useful forms of inquiry for informing other academic disciplines dealing with large-scale challenges such as health, the climate crisis, politics, and social issues.