IDSE102 Design, Society and the Public Sector


About this course

This class emphasizes the theoretical, social and political relationships between design and the culture of society. Students learn theory and discourse related to designing for the public sector, specifically as related to ill-defined problem solving and the ethical obligations of designers. Students will examine case studies and examples of social entrepreneurship applied through interaction design vehicles, with an intent to discuss and reflect on approach, method, and theory.

Reading list

Manipulating Public Opinion: The Why and The How - Edward L. Bernays

The Need of a Theory of Experience - John Dewey

The Meaning of Design - Maurizio Vitta

Global Expansion or Global Equilibrium? Design and the World Situation - Victor Margolin

Depth Over Breadth: Designing For Impact Locally, and For The Long Haul - Emily Pilloton

Diversity of Design Education in China - Pan Lu Sheng

The Value of Synthesis in Driving Innovation - Jon Kolko

Technology First, Needs Last: The Research-Product Gulf - Don Norman

What we talk about when we talk about context - Paul Dourish

Cultural Probes and the Value of Uncertainty - William Gaver, et al

A Social Vision for Value Co-creation in Design - Liz Sanders & George Simons

Designs on Dignity: Perceptions of Technology Among the Homeless - Christopher A. Le Dantec, W. Keith Edwards

A Tale of Two Publics: Democratizing Design at the Margins - Christopher A. Le Dantec, et al

Selling to the Poor - Allen L. Hammond and C. K. Prahalad

Economic decision-making in poverty depletes cognitive control - Dean Spears

Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition - Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg

Building Social Business Models: Lessons from the Grameen Experience - Muhammad Yunus, et al

Discovering Design Ability - Nigel Cross

Serious Creativity - Edward DeBono

Evolution of the Mind: A Case for Design Literacy - Chris Pacione

Wicked Problems in Design Thinking - Richard Buchanan

Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning - Horst Rittel, Melvin Webber

Design Thinking for Social Innovation - Tim Brown, Jocelyn Wyatt

Outcomes and competencies

The following outcome statements articulate the competencies, abilities, and skills a student will have as a result of completing this class. Students will...

  • Be able to articulately discuss and debate issues of interaction design in the context of designing for the public good
  • Be able to reference and cite scholars and designers that have previously framed interaction design problems in the context of social health and wellness
  • Exhibit a point of view that describes the role of design and design thinking in the context of social systems, services and spaces

Core concepts and ideas

This class emphasizes the following main ideas, themes, and concepts:

  • Cultural responsibility, including the relationship between designers and users in a cultural context
  • Behavior design, focusing on the goal of shifting negative behavior in a responsible fashion
  • The ethics of design for and with people
  • Design thinking & politics, attempting to identify distinctions between policy approaches to complex problem solving and designerly approaches to the same problems
  • Wicked problems

Schedule

In ClassOut of Class

Mon

8/22

Design, society and the public sector – overview

Introduction to course

Discussion of the role of theory in practice

Read:

[1A] Edward Bernays
[1A] Maurizio Vitta
[1A] John Dewey

Wed

8/24

Manipulation

Discussion of readings [1A]

[1B] Victor Margolin
[1B] Emily Pilloton
[1B] Pan Lu Sheng

Mon

8/29

Globalism

Discussion of readings [1B]

Complete Assignment

Wed

8/31

Presentation of assignment [1]

[2A] Don Norman
[2A] Jon Kolko

Mon

9/5

Value

Discussion of readings [2A]

[2B] Bill Gaver
[2B] Liz Sanders
[2B] Paul Dourish

Wed

9/7

Participatory Design

Discussion of readings [2B]

Complete Assignment

Mon

9/12

Work Session

Complete Assignment

Wed

9/14

Presentation of assignment [2]

[3A] Chris LeDantec 1
[3A] Chris LeDantec 2
[3A] C.K. Prahalad
[3A] Dean Spears

Mon

9/19

Poverty

Discussion of readings [3A]

[3B] Muhammad Yunus
[3B] Roger Martin

Wed

9/21

Work Session

Complete Assignment

Mon

9/26

Social Business

Discussion of readings [3B]

Complete Assignment

Wed

9/28

Presentation of assignment [3]

[4A] Chris Pacione
[4A] Nigel Cross
[4A] Edward DeBono

Mon

10/3

Being a Designer

Discussion of readings [4A]

[4B] Jocelyn Wyatt
[4B] Horst Rittel
[4B] Richard Buchanan

Wed

10/5

Process

Discussion of readings [4B]

Complete Assignment

Mon

10/10

Work Session

Complete Assignment

Wed

10/12

Presentation of assignment [4]