We use cookies on this website, you can read about them here. To use the website as intended please... ACCEPT COOKIES
UAL Research Online

Hands-on/hands-off: On proximities to materials and systems in design research

Hornbuckle, Rosie (2023) Hands-on/hands-off: On proximities to materials and systems in design research. In: Design Materials and Making for Social Change. Routledge, pp. 46-68. ISBN 978-1-032-16826-5

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Hornbuckle, Rosie

Much attention has been paid to the important role of materials experience in design practice. For many designers, hands-on materials exploration is one of the main sources of knowledge used to innovate meaning. Yet proximity is not always possible or appropriate. We are in a time where proximity to materials is being eroded, through zoom calls, MIRO boards and digital sampling; through necessity and choice (not all designers are materials-led). Meanwhile, new models of design for change, towards social wellbeing and sustainability require closer engagement with ‘systems’, meaning multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary collaborations. By exploring the characteristics of proximity to materials and proximity to systems this chapter seeks to better understand the relationship between hands-on materials methods and hands-off supportive methods, to reveal the best conditions for design research that brings about systemic change as well as innovation at the level of materials. The relevance of each method for different phases of a material development timeline is also considered, which has implications for project design and planning. The transferability of this concept to other contexts of design research and practice is discussed; fundamentally, what do design researchers need proximity to, to support transition and change?

Official Website: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003260356/design-materials-making-social-change-rebecca-earley-rosie-hornbuckle
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Systemic Design, Collaborative Design, Multidisciplinary research, material innovation
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 1 June 2023
Digital Object Identifier: 10.4324/9781003260356
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2023 09:30
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 09:30
Item ID: 20548
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/20548

Repository Staff Only: item control page | University Staff: Request a correction