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.



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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