OBJECTIVE The objective of this course is to lay a foundation for the design and criticism of informational artifacts as well as the methods of devising effective communication strategies. Learning Outcomes Understand the plural philosophical interpretations of the concept of information Understand basic theoretical foundations of…
The purpose of this course is to lay a foundation for better understanding of design and research methods and their grounding in philosophy of knowledge.
Design and technology discourses are often accompanied with implicit and explicit appeals to values. It is not uncommon, for example, to hear arguments that this or that technology will make our community relations more democratic and just, or advance efficiency and utility. But what exactly do we mean by these values and how do they shape design practice and design artifacts?
Collecting, archiving, and sharing stories has been identified as possible practices to advance social justice, especially given the low cost and accessibility of digital technologies. But is it possible that the same collective force that is gained through large archives of stories masks and even betrays stories—taking away from what is meaningful and worthwhile in the acts of storytelling and listening?
This theoretical exploration revisits the term “unintended consequences,” drawing upon an illustrative vignette to show how it is used to dismiss vital ethical and political concerns.
Are smart cities part of the solution to the problems of communication and community within cities, poised to improving the lives of citizens? Would they work to expand modes of participation and citizenship or instead suppress communication and further distance and disintegrate communities?
The introduction of algorithmic fashion assistants occasions the opportunity to see fashion for its substance as we interrogate algorithms’ claim to reason: surfacing both their inadequacy and oppressive potency.
Building on the history of the Victorian ‘philosophical toy’ Feminist Philosophical Toys presents a re-imagined set of paper machines as feminist materials for designers to think with.