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  • 1.
    Andersson Schaeffer, Jennie
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    The method of photo-elicitation from a phenomenological perspective.2014In: Proceedings of 13th International design conference Design 2014, 2014, p. -58Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is a growing interest in the relation between workspace design and innovation. On the one hand, is the idea of designing an “innovation lab” that supports innovation. There are substantial financial investments involved when creating an innovation lab and there is evidence that such spaces can have short useful lifespan and some of them fail because they are not used as intended [Lewis and Moultrie 2005; Fayard and Weeks 2011]. On the other hand, workspaces can be altered by the users for short or long terms to support innovation activities. The users hence become spatial designers themselves. A gap exists in research on the underlying mechanisms, architecture, and dynamics by which organisations can create an environment supporting continuous improvements and radical innovation on both individual and organisational levels [Turner, Swart and Maylor 2013, Turner and Lee-Kelly 2013]. From design research we can contribute with a perspective on the underlying mechanisms and the dynamics in play in the area of workspace design and innovation. We can form the design research for the innovation labs, i.e. utopian specifically designed spaces for innovation, or the relationship between innovation, users and daily workspaces. We have chosen to acknowledge and study the complexity in relations between users, daily workspaces and innovation. Our hypothesis was that photo-elicitation could be a method to study that weave of complexity and research underlying dynamics.

    In this article we discuss the method of the photo-elicitated interview (PEI), as a tool in human-centred design research with respect to context and workspace. A phenomenological perspective focus on the human experience, examine and clarify situations, events and experiences as they occurs spontaneously in daily life (Seamon, 2000). This article intend to provide background theories from phenomenology and examples from an empirical study to discuss if and how PEI is instrumental in getting information from interviewees about their relation to their workspaces and innovation. Although the phenomenological theoretical perspective is relevant and therefore used here to describe human relation to workspaces and discuss the method, our use of specific notions from phenomenology aims firstly to support the analyse of the method to inform design research, and is not intended develop the phenomenological concepts themselves.

  • 2.
    Bengtsson, Marcus
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Hinder och möjligheter i handledningssituationen - en recension av två forskarhandledningsböcker2012In: UNIPED (Tromsø), ISSN 1500-4538, Uniped - Tidsskrift for universitets- og høgskolepedagogikk, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 102-107Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation).
    Design Gestures: Playing with ‘Affordance’ and the concept of ‘design’2013Conference 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.

  • 4.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Efterskrift2007In: Så talade Zarathustra: en bok för alla och ingen, Umeå: h:ström - Text & kultur , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This text is a postscript to the Swedish translation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It gives an overview of the reception of the book in Sweden, along with an introduction of how to understand the concepts "overman" and "the will to power".

  • 5.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    The Aesthetic and the Poietic Elements of Information Design2010In: / [ed] Ebad Banissi, Stefan Bertschi, Remo Burkhard, John Counsell, Mohammad Dastbaz, MArtin Eppler, Camilla Forsell et al, IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Service (CPS) , 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper I address two types of perspectives on the aesthetic that are of relevance for a discussion of contemporary information design. Firstly, the ’aesthetic’ understood as aesthetic perception of beautiful form. Secondly, the ’aesthetic’ recognized as the poietic activity, i.e. the production of an object, in which the recipient also takes part. These perspectives are discussed, in brief, in relation to questions of form and content, and I argue that aesthetic elements in some contemporary information design cannot be understood as aesthetic perception of beautiful form. The aesthetic is still present, but as poietic, creative, elements. Finally, I discuss the poietic activity in the light of McLaughlin’s Heideggerian view, that the passing on of information is never neutral.

  • 6.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Andersson, Jennie
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    The Poetics of Workplaces2017In: Experiencing the Everyday / [ed] Carsten Friberg and Raine Vasquez, Aarhus, DK: Aarhus Universitetsforlag , 2017Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Information design is a practice and an academic field that views information through its representations, for example, through images, spaces, and texts. It is also human centered, not technological driven, in that its focus is on the users and their conditions and environments. As an academic field, information design is at an intersection of disciplines; cognitive science, media and communication, linguistics, visual studies, and art and aesthetics meet in information design. In our research, we have come to focus on the connection between aesthetics and visual-spatial information design; we are addressing the understanding of aesthetic matters in information design and its implications, using examples from the manufacturing sector.

  • 7.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Andersson Schaeffer, Jennie
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Enacted Creative Spaces. The Aesthetic and the Poietic Elements of Embedded, Recorded and Enacyed Forms of Information in Manufacturing Industrial Environments2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aesthetic aspects, along with a vitalisation of traditional discussions on aesthetic matters, can be a key to a better understanding of the design of working places in manufacturing industry of today. In this paper we address a rethinking of aesthetic matters and therefore also the aes-thetic in design practice, while examining examples of superabundant visual communication in industrial environments. The environments are studied from an information design perspec-tive. Theories discussed in the field of aesthetics are, for example, Jauss’ view on the con-cept ’poiesis’. Jauss’ line of thought are put to use, in this paper, as an alternative perspective focusing on the production of artefacts, compared to the more commonly perspective that highlights the concept ’aesthetic’ (Gr. ’aisthesis’) in a focusing on the perception of artefacts. In this paper the industrial environments are analysed as different fundamental forms of in-formation and Marcia J Bates’ notion of the nature of information is put to use in a visual- and spatial context. We argue that instead of underlining the relationship of aesthetic and architec-ture, it is more fruitful for the information design practice in manufacturing industrial envi-ronments, to highlight poiesis as a significant aspect of design. The analysis circle around three examples from industrial environments.

  • 8.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation).
    Bengtsson, Marcus
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation).
    Fundin, Anders
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation).
    Jackson, Mats
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation).
    Strömberg, Anette
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation).
    Phases of Co-Production: Follow-up Research on the Industrial Research School INNOFACTURE2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mälardalen Univerity is characterised by its close collaboration with companies and with the public sector in the region. A main strategic directions of the university is to develop co-production with partner companies, expressed in the university vision “A Strong MDH – the Coproducing University”. The concept ’co-production’ is in this paper used interchangeably with concept ’co-creation’, emphasising our view of equal participation and interaction with the goal of knowledge, that by the company can be made useful outside the university (see Terblanche, 2014). Based on Mälardalen University’s vision, co-production is a main goal for the Innovation and Product Realization (IPR) environment. IPR is located at the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering and has a common graduate education with three mutually supportive cooperating research groups: Product realization, Innovation management, and Information design. Here ideas from different fields and cultures meet, creating new ideas, possibilities, and knowledge as a result. The approach to develop new insights and knowledge in order to address societal challenges, through working closer between academics and research users, has a potential to improve how research is conducted. Still, there are many questions and challenges in this approach, with need of development: How is research and research education framed and undertaken? What constitutes co-production? What distinguishes reseach in co-production from other forms of research? What are the benefits and barriers of co-production? As we shall see, the follow-up research aim to contribute to how our third level education in a co-production environment can be undertaken.

  • 9.
    Lindhult, Erik
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Grinbergs, Johan
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Nietzschean transcendence as core entrepreneurial challange2011In: Paper to Nordic Academy of Management Conference NFF 2011, Stockholm, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By appropriating learning from the social and cultural sciences, entrepreneurship and innovation as research fields can be enriched and deepened. Nietzsche can make a contribution to the understanding of entrepreneurship as a matter of transcending the established order, through the creative work of actors. E.g. in order to be able to handle “radical” forms innovation and entrepreneurship, Nietzchean conceptual resources and perspectives can be helpful. He is a philosopher of the unconventional par excellence. An important aspect of transcendence is the overcoming and self-transcendence of the self. The concept of ubermensch by Nietzsche is here intriguing and ambivalent in the reception of his work - seemingly an analogy to the ambivalence of the entrepreneur-hero in the entrepreneurship literature. Closer reading indicate a more complex understanding of men through creative work overcoming themselves, and breaking loose of established customs and norms.

  • 10.
    Svensson Harari, Natalia
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Fundin, Anders
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Carlsson, Anna-Lena
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Components of the Design Process of Flexible and Reconfigurable Assembly Systems2018In: Procedia Manufacturing, E-ISSN 2351-9789, Vol. 25, no 8, p. 549-556Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Assembly systems need to manage changes in products and volume. During the design process, preconditions for the operation of assembly systems are generated. The purpose of this paper is to identify the components of the design process of flexible and reconfigurable assembly systems. Literature reviews were conducted and empirical data from six research studies were analyzed to report the results. The authors suggest that the findings can give a clearer overview of the components in these design processes and support studies about relations between components as well as practitioners with a holistic view during the design work.

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