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Design and Creative Methods as a Practice of Liminality in Community-Academic Research Projects

Lam, Busayawan; Phillips, Martin; Kelemen, Mihaela; Zamenopoulos, Theodore; Moffat, Susan and de Sousa, Sophia (2018). Design and Creative Methods as a Practice of Liminality in Community-Academic Research Projects. The Design Journal, 21(4) pp. 605–624.

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This paper aims to explore the types of spaces and experiences that are created by design and creative practices. More specifically, it focuses on how design and creative practices can engender transformations in the mindset, knowledge, emotions and social relations of people who participate in such practices. To do this, the paper investigates the concepts of liminality and liminal spaces, and the relationships between design/creative methods and liminal spaces using insights from four case studies. The results reveal that design and creative practices may create liminal spaces in many ways, such as neutralizing the working environments, encouraging people to experiment with new ideas and helping them express themselves more freely.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1756-3062
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Unearth Hidden Assets through Community Co-design and Co-production (XD-12-112-TZ)AH/K006541/1AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Scaling up co-design research and practice: building community-academic capacity and extending reach (XD-12-111-TZ)AH/K006711/1AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Bridging the Gap between Academic Theory and Community Relevance: Fresh Insights from American Pragmatism (XD-12-093-TZ)AH/K006185/1AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: design methods; creative methods; co-design; liminal space
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 55251
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 10:01
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2019 20:28
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