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Form follows meaning, meaning follows form: Surrendering the innocence of design

Ruttonsha, Perin (2016) Form follows meaning, meaning follows form: Surrendering the innocence of design. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD), 13-15 Oct 2016, Toronto, Canada.


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Creativity is a loaded concept, which we seem to assign unconditional merit. The danger in this
arises when the allure and momentum of creative processes obscure underlying project agendas. If
we consider designed images, products, and environments to be part of the broader cultural setting,

then designers are accountable for the paradigms that we enable through our work. As systems-
oriented designers, we cannot hide behind the agendas of our clients; rather, we must view each

project as a powerful act of cultural meaning making, in which we share creative agency. In this
paper, we will briefly examine how changes taking place within the field of design may ultimately
influence what we construct as our experienced realities, and also how the positioning of creative
practices within a socio-economic system can determine how they are employed in cultural

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural anthropology, systems-oriented design, systems change, creative industries, socio-cultural approaches to creativity, aesthetic reflexivity
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 21:38
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:02
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1945

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