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Everyday Practice as Design

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Everyday practices in a range of public and private settings have been the subject of research and reflection in anthropology, sociology and education; such practices exhibit both routinized and individual behaviors. Examing everyday practices from a design perspective is less well developed in the literature. As contribution to the practice turn the concept of everyday design is proposed as practice that builds conditions and structures for everyday activity. This practice is not limited to pragmatic action but also embraces cognitive processes. Gathering several theoretical and empirical findings we offer a conceptual framework that presents purposes, subjects, objects and processes of everyday design.

Keywords: activity theory; cognition; design; distributed cognition; everyday design; practice

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Technische Universitt Dresden. 2: Swinburne University of Technology.

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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