Perennial Prototypes: Designing Science Exhibits with John Dewey

Kullman, Kim (2018). Perennial Prototypes: Designing Science Exhibits with John Dewey. In: Vermaas, Pieter E. and Vial, Stéphane eds. Advancements in the Philosophy of Design. Design Research Foundations. Springer, pp. 185–199.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73302-9_9

Abstract

This chapter evokes the writings of John Dewey to investigate his pragmatist design philosophy through a study on exhibit development at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco. The chapter begins by describing the main features of Dewey’s thinking, concentrating specifically on two notions: experience and experiment. It then transposes these into the area of exhibit development to explore their potential for contemporary design practice and their largely unexamined implications for design theory.

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