Professor Tom Fisher, Nottingham Trent University,
Professor Lorraine Gamman, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
Does it matter what designers do? Are there any 'good
things' and 'bad things' or only 'good actions' and 'bad actions'
or 'good practices' and 'bad practices'? Do designers really have
any ethical agency? Does it matter that things (good and bad) have
unintended consequences? And what is a 'thing' anyway? If you
are interested in questions like these, consider applying to join
the good things and bad things workshop at the Design Research
Society's conference at Umea, Sweden, in June 2014. You may
be a designer working in an area with obvious ethical implications
- environmental sustainability; 'defence'; food design. You
may be a design educator concerned about what you should be
teaching your students about the ethics of their future
practice. You may be a design researcher wondering how
principles of ethics and value can articulate with the theoretical
frame for your analysis. At the workshop we will hear a
number of presentations selected from this call, which focus on the
good/bad nature of specific things. They will relate their chosen
objects to specific ideas from the literature, such as recent work
on the question of whether things/ technologies can be innately
good or bad, and will include a spread of types of object - some
virtual, some material, some organisational.
Send a 300 word abstract of your presentation to Tom
Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Lorraine Gamman (email@example.com)
by April 1st 2014.
In this detail:
- The Thing - what is it; why is it 'tricky'?
- The questions the it raises - can these be addressed by
- Links between the discussion it will generate and previous
The workshop conveners will review the abstracts against the
- The thing identified is tricky.
- The questions it implies have a good fit with those implied by
the other abstracts.
- There is scope to develop the abstract in the context of the
discussion for future publication.
And, you can join the 'good things and bad things' facebook
for updates on the workshop.
Tom Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorraine Gamman: email@example.com