WHAT ARE DESIGN FUTURES WORDS?
WHAT ARE DESIGN FUTURES WORDS?
This unit aims to:
- support you to see how language helps us with the act of designing
- be more cognizant of the meanings carried by the words we use
- begin to form a vocabulary for articulating futures view on design
The material below is in English. It includes a set of key words for FUTURES DESIGN. All of the words are presented in this unit within a design future facing viewpoint. By this we mean that they are not only about the future but are views that are informed by design and how it works with futures.
Some of the items appear in other domains such as Futures Studies, but they are reoriented to Design. Some of these words may also be more generally understood and you may be familiar with them. Others you may not know or know so well.
The purpose of the unit is to work toward understanding of the terms and their definitions in the context of FUTURES DESIGN.
This Unit is to help us get going on working with some of the main terms in Design on futures. We will work through looking at what y0u think these words mean and then what they are defined as being.
You can translate the word or find the one nearest to its meaning in your own preferred language .
2. A NOTE ON ‘VOCABULARY’
There are a few matters concerning the use of an overall VOCABULARY in this unit. We use ‘words’ to refer to the set of terms that are listed as key ones in design futures as given in DESIGN WORDS FOR THE FUTURE (words only). We also use ‘words’ to refer to the words we use in working on design projects and research.
For Master’s students it’s fine to use ‘words’.
PhDs will already be making distinctions concerning ‘words’: between specialist terms, concepts and words used in conveying research in writing and presentations.
Specialist terms make up a discipline’s vocabulary, just as terms in use make up a common ‘language’ for practice. The LEXICON contributes in many ways to the generation of a shared vocabulary for FUTURES DESIGN and for DESIGN FUTURES LITERACIES.
This vocabulary is made and altered through use and in doing so it comes to help form what we call a disciplinary discourse. A discourse is the way a discipline or a field articulates its work, in language and a mix of multimodal ways.
3. IDENTIFYING WORDS
The following set of words gathers and identifies some of the key items that may be seen to be central to a Design view on shaping futures.
4. DEFINING WORDS
We now turn to looking at definitions for these words. Please consult 50 FUTURES DESIGN WORDS (Words with definitions). Here we have provided definitions of these words, with some board and also design specific elements.
5. WORDS AND DESIGN FUTURES INQUIRY
These words do a lot of work when it comes to FUTURES DESIGN making and inquiry. They help us identify, share, use and analyse what and how we are designing the artifacts, processes and analyses we are developing and producing in different forms.
Words need to be defined to build shared vocabularies. These vocabularies are made up of identifiable words that develop and maintain meaning through use.
In a FUTURES DESIGN view, we need to select specific words that do more specialised work than items in daily or ordinary use. Design is in the process of developing these words further and to sharpening their definitions through use in learning, research and practice.
We can see the set of words and definitions in the 50 FUTURES DESIGN WORDS (With definitions) are the beginnings of the shaping of an important FUTURES DESIGN set of core terms, concepts and shared means to realise the wider discourses of design education and research.
6. PLACING DEFINITIONS OF DESIGN WORDS FOR THE FUTURE
Download this UNIT in printable format:
Celi, Manuela, and Andrew Morrison. 2017. “Anticipation and design inquiry.” In Handbook of Anticipation, edited by Roberto Poli, 1-25. Vienna: Springer.
Martinec, Radjan, and Theo van Leeuwen. 2008. The Language of New Media Design: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
Tassarini, V. & Staszowski, E. (2020). (Eds.). Designing in Dark Times: An Arendtian Lexicon. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
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