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Brad Tober: (Meta-) Design Research and the Future of Creative Communication
February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The increasing democratization of design and creative technologies is enabling more individuals than ever before to envision, implement, and communicate expressions of their imaginative ideas. While there are significant positive implications of this phenomenon, it also places professional practitioners in the problematic position of decreased disciplinary control. What is design if (professional) designers are no longer primarily responsible for defining the future direction of the system in which they work? This talk will introduce the concept of meta-design as an area of design research investigating potential responses to this question. In particular, meta-design will be examined as a disciplinary shift transitioning the role of professional practitioners from that of merely executing processes in which the objective is producing finalized creative output to engaging directly with the development of tools facilitating the creative processes of others.
College of Communication, Room 209
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