Cultural Design

Culture provides the catalyst for Designer to create services and products that are fit for their context but also innovative and culturally sensitive.

Our role as designers hinges on integrating the socio-cultural factors that leads to the final outcome. Now more than ever, we need to be aware of the impact of culture.

Indigenous Designs

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Diversity in Motion

Diversity in Motion

There is a need for developing “communities of purpose” to create a supportive environment at the local level for migrant women in business.

Contemporary Chinese Design

Contemporary Chinese Design

The need for visual authenticity in a designed object can at times relegate it to a frozen […]

Chinese Aesthetic Transculturation

Chinese Aesthetic Transculturation

“Poetry expresses human aspiration” – Shang Shu John Berger’s TV documentary on Ways of Seeing is worth […]

Contemporary Indian Design

Contemporary Indian Design

The philosophy or driving model behind the industrialised age was the promise of “equitable access” and “leveler […]

Transcultural Indian Aesthetics

Transcultural Indian Aesthetics

the aesthetic mode is an experience of the whole man and not a part of him. – […]

Contemporary Zimbabwean Design

Contemporary Zimbabwean Design

This week’s readings were both inspirational and quite depressing. Starvation taught me art, was a particularly gruesome […]

Transcultural Zimbabwean Aesthetic

Transcultural Zimbabwean Aesthetic

Culture is the continous reflective thread with which we weave our exprience… I really enjoyed reading ‘Shona’s […]

Contemporary Designs of Australian Indigenous Artists

Contemporary Designs of Australian Indigenous Artists

One of the focuses of Janke and Frankel’s paper was, airing the indigenous communities’ concerns, regarding the […]

Australian Indigenous Aesthetics

Australian Indigenous Aesthetics

It only requires one invention to initiate a representational tradition. The important issue is not the ability […]

Appropriation and Misappropriation

Appropriation and Misappropriation

The big theories are dead, the individual is dead, Culture/culture is dead, Art is dead. Shoot me […]

Thinking with Things

Thinking with Things

“… that man’s desire finds its meaning in the desire of the other, not so much because […]

Diversity in Motion – BPW Australia

Diversity in Motion – BPW Australia

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A Reflective Pause…

A Reflective Pause…

“Philosophy is a homesickness of the mind. The exile misses many things: The loss of familiar signs […]

Wicked Problems & Social Innovation

Wicked Problems & Social Innovation

This presentation is based on an essay on Mindlab and innovation in the public sector. Click here […]

Dialectics of Inspiration & Execution

Dialectics of Inspiration & Execution

“By Targeting the needs of groups who are marginalised by conventional design practices, Inclusive Design links to […]

Seeding of a Practice: Design Anthropology’s European rise 1970s

Seeding of a Practice: Design Anthropology’s European rise 1970s

Here are some of the questions that were asked during the Studio 54 Era in Design Anthroplogy […]

Development of European design anthropology during the 90s

Development of European design anthropology during the 90s

How can we engage with the user in meaningful ways? How would we define the framework for […]

Contemporary Design Anthropology Practice(s) in Europe

Contemporary Design Anthropology Practice(s) in Europe

What is culture? How do you define it? Can you define it? There seems to be two […]

The Birth of Design Anthropology in USA 1970-1980s

The Birth of Design Anthropology in USA 1970-1980s

Underlying question or “Big Question” at Xerox Parc during the 70s and 80s revolved around the term […]

Baptême du feu: Design Anthropology’s baptism by Fire during the Dot Com Bust

Baptême du feu: Design Anthropology’s baptism by Fire during the Dot Com Bust

During the Dotcom boom in the US, terms such as user-centred research entered the common vernacular of […]

Contemporary Design Anthropology practices in USA

Contemporary Design Anthropology practices in USA

The development of Design Anthropology as a field in the US has been in the context of […]