De-scription


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Method Overview

De-scription is a quick exercise trains your moral sensitivity as a designer. Learn to recognise and deconstruct the scripts of existing designs. By questioning why a design is the way it is, you’ll uncover the underlying intentions and worldview of its designer.

Framework of ethics used

deontological

Method Intentions:

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Participants: Designer duo

Materials Needed: De-scription template , or large sheet of paper, pens, an example product

Process:

  1. Describe the ‘WHAT’ of the design. Use the questions on the template.
  2. Describe the ‘HOW’ of the design. Use this to determine the script: Like the script of a movie or a theatre play, an artefact can ‘prescribe’ its users how to act when they use it. Write this down.
  3. Describe the ‘WHY’ of the design. Use this to determine the underlying worldview. Write this down.

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