Situation-Centered Design: An Alternative to HCD | Gallery Exhibition and Publication
The purpose this exhibition was to communicate a strong belief that a shared, collected, academic discourse should occur within social design. This exhibition offered a glimpse into a greater aspect of thesis research and writing which analyzed the current methodologies used within social design and designed a tool to shape the trajectory of projects.
The intention of this exhibition was to share an experience with the viewers. We curated a space for contemplating the competing perspectives surrounding social design with a focus on the idea that human-centered design no longer adequately describes the type of work socially-focused design aims to as it is limited by a focus on a single user or individual. We suggest that social design reorient its thinking toward a situation-centered design which takes into consideration the many facets and dynamics of a social situation including context, politics, history, and stakeholders affected from beneficiaries to decision makers.
Access the original thesis paper here. More about this project and the Designing Social Design blog can be found here. Further writing on situation-centered design has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Design and Culture.
Co-Author/Designer: Cinnamon Janzer
Side view of gallery exhibition
Thumbnail of selected hanging panel from gallery exhibition
Thumbnail of informational poster displayed at exhibition