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Design Gestures: Playing with ‘Affordance’ and the concept of ‘design’
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7016-5578
2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary design such as Jonas Bohlin’s chair Concrete and Ettore Sottsass shelf Carlton calls for alternative thinking in design theory, in regard to design theories’ categorization of functional and non-functional (i.e. aesthetical) objects. For example found in Donald Norman’s theory of the design of everyday things. In these examples from design practice, usefulness seems to be put aside for sensual perception. But these desig nobjects also seem to broaden the concept of ’design’. Not, however, placing them in the categories of being aesthetic- or art objects. In this paper, I suggest that these artefacts are playing with ’affordance’, i.e. with the activity called forth through perception of the object.They also actualize design understood as drawing/sketching, as cognitive tools, hence playing with design both understood as process and final object.

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2013.
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-21405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-21405DiVA: diva2:647608
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Gesture - The 2013 Annual Conference of the Nordic Society of Aestethics, University of Oslo from May 30 – June 1
Available from: 2013-09-11 Created: 2013-09-11 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved

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