PRODUCTS WITH PROVENANCE: DEVELOPING A SENSE OF PLACE IN PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION: DEVELOPING A SENSE OF PLACE IN PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication

Abstract

What role does locale play in shaping design identity? How do designers see their own sense of place made manifest in their work? How can we encourage a sense of localism in young designers? Product design is particularly susceptible to globalisation; its relationship with technology links it to greater homogenisation. The nature of trends and notions of “good design” engenders a sense of place and localised design identities, but by definition design is a solution, and solutions cannot be divorced from the problems they address, from their context. This is where sense of place comes in and why it is important; it roots design in its most fundamental reason for existing. Without a sense of place, design can look great, work well, be interesting and engaging, but it can't truly be effective. This paper considers student projects over a 15-year period that trace the development of a methodology where place of design, manufacture and use become key drivers for design outputs. By focusing on immediate surroundings, a series of design projects question the nature of local materials, people and society, through local industry, football teams (from Potters, Glovers and Hatters to Chairboys) and social history. The outcomes help to inform students of their surroundings and encourages them to explore and engage with the localities. A defined sense of localism helps to place them, to settle them into new homes and workspaces, and to understand the nature, history and context of their new areas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationDisrupt, Innovate, Regenerate and Transform, E and PDE 2022
EditorsErik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck, Hilary Grierson
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254163
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2022
Event24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate and Transform, E and PDE 2022 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 20229 Sep 2022

Publication series

NameE&PDE

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate and Transform, E and PDE 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period8/09/229/09/22

Keywords

  • blockchain
  • Localism
  • placemaking
  • product narratives
  • provenance
  • spimes

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'PRODUCTS WITH PROVENANCE: DEVELOPING A SENSE OF PLACE IN PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION: DEVELOPING A SENSE OF PLACE IN PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this