PhD Ellen De Vos

Understanding the meaning of design for building collaborative future scenarios


This doctoral research wants to understand how design can function as a valuable translator between a theoretical future scenario exercise and a practical knowledge exchange discussion process. Furthermore, we ask how a design concept can be a meaningful boundary object in a collaborative debate on (future) problems. And, how it can increase the involvement of an audience in these (future) challenges. The phase in which this exploration is situated is the early phase of a design process, the so-called Fuzzy Front End of (Product) Development where the emphasis is on finding the right problem to tackle and not on producing a conclusive solution.


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