Abstract

Ontological design — characterized by the understanding that what we design designs us — has been invoked as a necessary framing in redirecting the design discipline toward more pluralistic and sustainable ends. In this paper, I situate ongoing conversations about process documentation within emergent conversations surrounding ontological design, considering ways in which innovative documentation practices may support new ontological agendas. By considering process documentation as a hermeneutical, knowledge-making practice, I speculate ways that new, experimental modes of process documentation may afford designers — and design itself — new vantage points from which to (re)interpret design practice and the discipline writ large. To this end, I sketch out some preliminary ideas of what ontological documentation may look like. In particular, I explore how deliberately open-ended (or even speculative) approaches to design documentation could invite critical reflection and collaborative meaning-making — inviting more voices to shape the narratives and ontologies of design.

Keywords

design documentation, ontological design, design research, reflexivity

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Documenting new design ontologies

Ontological design — characterized by the understanding that what we design designs us — has been invoked as a necessary framing in redirecting the design discipline toward more pluralistic and sustainable ends. In this paper, I situate ongoing conversations about process documentation within emergent conversations surrounding ontological design, considering ways in which innovative documentation practices may support new ontological agendas. By considering process documentation as a hermeneutical, knowledge-making practice, I speculate ways that new, experimental modes of process documentation may afford designers — and design itself — new vantage points from which to (re)interpret design practice and the discipline writ large. To this end, I sketch out some preliminary ideas of what ontological documentation may look like. In particular, I explore how deliberately open-ended (or even speculative) approaches to design documentation could invite critical reflection and collaborative meaning-making — inviting more voices to shape the narratives and ontologies of design.

 

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