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A Dialogical-Self Narrative: Meanings of Inclusiveness between Disability, Design and Theology

Timofte, Lucian (2013) A Dialogical-Self Narrative: Meanings of Inclusiveness between Disability, Design and Theology. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Timofte, Lucian

The impact of self in design processes, particularly in the context of Inclusive Design is the prime focus of my MRP. Inclusive Design aims to implement and foster inclusive practices via Human-Centred Design principles. However, there is no study in the field examining how designers internalize inclusive principles and philosophy. My project investigates how meanings of inclusion might take form at the level of the self before being translated into design outcomes. Through Dialogical Self-Narrative informed by Reflective Practice, Self-Study, Self-Ethnography and Dialogical Self Theory (DST), I examine: (a) what is the role of self and identity in respect to design, (b) how can self & identity positions be described, distinguished and reconciled and (c) how self-positions participate in the construction of inclusive meaning. The project exhibits a strong personal component and motivation being appraised by tensions and negotiations of three stances of my self: Disabled, Designer and Theologian. However, this self-study is not constructed as a narcissistic exercise: it aims to provide instructive knowledge for designers who take an interest in inclusive practices and eventually to spur some awareness within the design culture. Ultimately, the project infers that the success of inclusive products, services, systems or policies might be dependent on how inclusion is constructed and internalized by designers at the level of their self and identity.

Date: 10 September 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: design processes, Inclusive Design, inclusion, Dialogical Self-Narrative, Self-Ethnograph, Disabled, and theology.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 14:57
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 00:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/385

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