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HAVE WE REACHED PEAK DESIGN THINKING? Are we entering a new paradigm for how it is used within practice and business?

Spruce, J, Douglas, M, Kiernan, L and Ryan, AM (2018) HAVE WE REACHED PEAK DESIGN THINKING? Are we entering a new paradigm for how it is used within practice and business? In: DRS 2018 Proceedings , 1. (Design Research Society Conference 2018, Design As A Catalyst For Change, 25 June 2018 - 28 June 2018, Limerick, Ireland).

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Abstract

Design Thinking has gained recognition as an acclaimed process for generating innovative, human centred solutions at a social and business level. It has also gained notoriety amongst many designers, who claim that its success as an exported element of the design process has resulted in its commodification, and led to it becoming a diluted series of processes that lack criticality. As design disciplines and the role of designers continue to evolve, we should reflect on design thinking’s original context and understand its progression into a non-design world. Our hypothesis is that design thinking has reached a ‘peak’ in contemporary practice, and as the term 'design' is further adapted and conformed to suit a business function, this conversational will elicit a constructive debate on the future of design thinking and its positioning within design and non-design industries. Has Design Thinking’s commodification and consumption as a step by step road map to innovation reduced it to a mainstream approach? Can we use the undoubted successes of design thinking as a catalyst for future design research? It is anticipated that through analysis and discussion, this conversation will inform the conceptualisation of enhanced methodological frameworks that aim to support innovation across divergent industry practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: design thinking; design practice; design skills
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Liverpool School of Art and Design
Publisher: Design Research Society
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Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 10:56
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2018 10:56
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9117

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