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Design Research Methods Festival 2018

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Bern University of the Arts HKB

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The annual Design Research Methods Festival of the HKB / MA DESIGN is dedicated to theories and methods relevant to design and to design research. Over the course of six half-day workshops, invited experts introduce our students and a limited number of outside listeners to why and how they do what they do.


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Monday, 5. November, 2018, 9:30–12:30
APPRECIATE COMPLEXITY AND KEEP THE INFORMATION FLOWING: SYSTEMATIC STORYTELLING AS A METHOD TO MAKE COMPLEXITY ACCESSIBLE by Gerlinde Schuller

Complex information has become part of our everyday life – still, most people feel overstrained by it. Information designers are challenged to find effective methods to filter and organize ‘information overload’ and to give it meaning. Gerlinde Schuller examines the method of systematic storytelling in her own research projects in order to unfold compound narratives. In her presentation she will introduce projects where systematic rules govern structure and enhance the understanding of intricate subjects. During the workshop session students will work on developing an own visual system for communicating complexity.


Monday, 5. November, 2018, 13:30–16:30
BY MARIA: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE DESIGNER – SHOEMAKER–CUSTOMER NETWORK by Catalina Jossen Cardozo

By Maria is a revolutionizing platform to design, produce, and sale of footwear on three levels. First, with the service Design Toolkit, designers can produce their shoe collection. Secondly, consumers can acquire bespoke designer footwear that addresses the needs of their feet through the service Know Your Feet. Finally, Colombian shoemakers get a service thatreduces poverty and increases their quality of life. This intervention shows how design, through specific methodologies, has facilitated accessing a well-established system such as the footwear industry, which seems otherwise impervious to change.


Tuesday, 6. November, 2018, 9:30–12:30
CREATIVITY, ROBOTS AND THE NEED OF FICTION by Maria Smigielska

The lecture and following discussion will focus on multiple approaches towards automated procedures, contributing to the enhancement of creative culture and human knowledge. Use of industrial robot for performative processes and post-industrial fabrication in a democratized and non-standard fashion will be presented along with the knowledge automation with the use of machine learning and other data-driven strategies incorporated in the design process.


Tueseday, 6. November, 2018, 13:30–16:30
WRITING CRITICALLY AS A FEMINIST PRACTICE OF DESIGN by Maya Ober and Anja Neidhardt

Designers don’t write. They might put words on paper, formulate briefs, short project descriptions and product strategies. However, writing as a practice of reflecting critically on design is rarely the case. We argue that writing purposely does not form an integral part of design curricula, as it fosters criticality and by doing so challenges the oppressive discourse of design’s neutrality and universality. But what happens when designers start writing?


Wednesday, 7. November, 2018, 9:30–12:30
THE SOCIAL SIDE OF IMAGE PRODUCTIONS by Sandra Mooser

Collaborative art projects offer innovative ways to not only produce new images but also to understand the social processes associated with their production. Through the example of a collaborative film project between a social anthropologist and a group of African migrants in Switzerland, the workshop seeks to introduce media anthropological methods that help reveal and learn from the social mechanisms behind audio-visual forms of self-expression. By discussing the project and analysing several film sequences with the researcher, the participants will be encouraged to think about the social side of research and design methods as well as reflect upon their own projects.


Wednesday, 7. November, 2018, 13:30–16:30
IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A MACBOOK PRO FROM SCRATCH, YOU MUST FIRST CREATE THE UNIVERSE by Pedro Moraes

In the mechanical age which by this point we already look at with hindsight, most of the actions that one could take, were taken without much concern. Slow movements assured us that the consequences of these actions would take considerable amounts of time to manifest. Today, action and consequence are almost simultaneous. We live in the continuum of these actions, as we always did, but we think in the old way of fragmented time and space, like it was before our current digital predicament. Our everyday objects in a certain sense are a manifestation of this disjunction. They come from elsewhere, completely removed from our local context, these objects are sculptures of finance and power, flying from China to the USA and from there to the four corners of the world like migrating birds. These objects swarm our perceptual and cognitive faculties in such a way that we cannot imagine our lives if not tied to their production circulation and deployment. With this lecture I propose a way of framing these objects that goes beyond their designation as a design object. I proposed that these objects are thought about in terms of the entirety of their productive scale. A macbook pro doesn’t begin it’s existence when bauxite is extracted and shipped to be purified into aluminium, whose plates are milled for the production of its sleek case, a macbook pro starts with the big bang, from the chemical processes that create the chemical elements necessary for its existence. This astronomical temporal scale is but a part of a diagram that imbricates astronomy, geology, logistics and politics. As we transfix this temporal strata we must ask ourselves, we, the users of these objects, are implied in this productive chain, what is our share of responsibility in this sprawling machinery.


All revenues are donated to the Grant Fund of the Bern University of the Arts HKB.

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