Co-design As Collaborative Research

Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina (2018). Co-design As Collaborative Research. Connected Communities Foundation Series. Bristol: Bristol University/AHRC Connected Communities Programme.



Theodore Zamenopoulos and Katerina Alexiou discuss the field of co-design and its underpinning theories and methods. They argue that Design as a process is always concerned with addressing a challenge or opportunity to create a better future reality, and explore how co-design has evolved as a process of ensuring that those with the life experiences, expertise and knowledge are actively involved in these making new tools, products and services. They observe how the participatory turn in this field has been concerned with both changing the objects of design – whether this is services or objects – and with the changing processes of designing itself. They highlight four major traditions and their distinctive approaches, before exploring the politics and practices of co-design through case studies of work.

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