Digitalization and the design of everyday life - steps in the evolution of a research agenda
School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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AbstractThis thesis is a collection of four published articles that describe a selected set of steps of the evo-lution of a research agenda and activity regarding Digitalization and the Design of Everyday Life – from an early manifesto that describes the issue space, through two conference papers that discuss concepts that have been developed to facilitate research and analysis, to finally a journal article that discusses a more specific research finding. The articles deal with topics such as the impact of digitalization on everyday life and the field of design; the need to consider a wider idea of design; the role of designers in this development; the idea of people as designers of their own practices; the way how our artifacts and practices form design ecosystems; and discusses concepts such as the personal digital ecosystem, design toolkit, design platform and design space. The final article is related to the idea of supporting users as in-novators within organized settings, and examines critically the idea of Living Labs and of Open Innovation.
Thesis advisorKuutti, Kari
design of everyday life, design ecosystem, design toolkit, practices as designs, emergent design, design and evolution