Minding the Gap: Using Artefacts to Navigate Private, Professional and Academic Selves in Design

Tham, Mathilda and Sadowska, Noemie. 2005. Minding the Gap: Using Artefacts to Navigate Private, Professional and Academic Selves in Design. In: K Grillner and S Wallenstein, eds. Beginnings: Experimental Research in Architecture and Design. AKAD/AXL Books, pp. 54-61. ISBN 919759010X [Book Section]

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The Stored Wisdom project (completed 2005), conducted by Sadowska and Tham (joint PI's), explored how artefacts may bridge the gap between personal and professional value positions, and between individuals within the field of design. In a series of workshops, everyday artefacts were used to create 'uncontaminated spaces' where discussions about sensitive issues could safely be initiated. This was found especially valuable when a topic may cause tension or guilt, such in the cases of sustainability and gender. The research was unique in methodological approach merging emerging design methods (such as the cultural probes) with particular value systems.

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The project was disseminated in a paper given at the Research into Practice Conference, Herfordshire, (subsequently published as a 5000 word chapter in the international refereed journal, Working Papers in Art of Design), and it was also published in a book produced by AKAD, KTH School of Architecture and the Swedish Research Council: Sadowska, N. and M. Tham (2004). "The Stored Wisdom: Artefacts as gap minders between the 'professional self', the 'personal self' and other individuals."; Working papers in art and design 3: 1-9. http://www.herts.ac.uk/artdes1/research/papers/wpades/vol3/nsabs.html ISSN 1466-4917


artefacts; value systems; design

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20 Mar 2008 17:46

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23 Jun 2017 12:41



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