Research through Design for accounting values in design

Irene Conversano, Livia del Conte, Ingrid Mulder

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Although Value Sensitive Design offers a theoretical and methodological framework to account for values in design, many questions and controversies are left. The current work aims to contribute to this value debate, by taking stock of large Research through Design (RtD) programs including their developed artifacts, to explore to what extent the explicit and tacit knowledge generated enabled actors to make public and cultural values explicit. Differently put, seven ongoing RtD projects have been studied in an elaborate RtD process articulated in three phases, differentiating in their focus: 1) understanding the values involved in the RtD projects; 2) share insights to steer peer debate on Research on Values, and 3) co-analyse the data and generate further insights. The current research brings forward two main contributions to the RTD community. On the one hand, using ongoing RtD projects in an RtD approach provides a kaleidoscopic perspective on how research and design constantly inform each other through the application of design. On the other hand, the adoption of this kaleidoscopic RtD approach in the context of multidisciplinary research on values acts as a catalyst that generated knowledge and insights to stimulate the debate on accounting values in design research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the fourth biennial Research through Design Conference
EditorsElisa Giaccardi , Pieter Jan Stappers
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe fourth biennial Research through Design Conference : Method and Critique – Frictions and Shifts in Research through Design - Science Center/Het Nieuwe Instituut, Delft/Rotterdam
Duration: 19 Mar 201922 Mar 2019
Conference number: 4th


ConferenceThe fourth biennial Research through Design Conference
Abbreviated titleRTD 2019


  • artifacts
  • awareness
  • definition
  • ethics
  • explicit
  • tools
  • values


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