The Encyclopedia Hands From Design Thinking to Design Making

Title: Co-Design: Fundamental Issues and Guidelines for Designers: Beyond the Castle Case Study   

Karin Havemose PhD, Head of Research & Education 

Affiliation: VANDALORUM, Värnamo, Sweden 
DOI:  10.3384/svid.2000-964X.13258
First published: 2013-12
Year: 2013
Pages: 1-7
Number of pages: 7
Language: English

SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation/Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköping University, Sweden

Publication type: Journal article
Journal: Swedish Design Research Journal
ISSN: 2000-964X

This article deals with creativity in practice and reveals the complex web of knowledge and skills that are in the things we create. Immaterial values such as traditions, memories and intentions are made visible. Also dimensions from the philosophy of knowledge are revealed: reflective judgement, aesthetic sensitivity and accountability for doing good work. The epistemology of the article is based on the theory of hermeneutic experience and empirical examples are gathered from the author’s book Things in motion – the design process (2012).


When artistic objects separate both from conditions of origin and from human conditions, a wall is built around them. To really understand the meaning of artistic objects, we have to forget them for a while and make a detour. We must begin to understand in the raw (Dewey, 1934, chap. 1). This article makes a pragmatic detour from the existing paradigm in the design research community – design thinking – into the concrete world of design making (Cross, 2001; Dorst, 2011). The epistemology is based on examples from professional design practitioners’ personal reflections on their work process and on artistic objects (Nordenstam, 2010). The reflections are mirrored in texts from both the philosophy of design and the philosophy of knowledge where analogies and different perspectives are made visible and explored (Havemose, 2012). The aim is to treat creativity in practice and highlight the complex web of skills and knowledge that is embedded in the things we create and in their creation itself (Buchanan, 2001).

Keywords:  Creativity in practice, Designmaking, Tacit knowledge, Theory of knowledge, Designphilosophy. 

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