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Maliheh Ghajargar, Informatik; Architecture and design, Politecnico di Torino: Designing tools for reflection
Designing Tools for Reflection
We are surrounded by artifacts that are increasingly computed, smart and connected. They support us doing our activities and augment our abilities. They can also provide us many different real-time and perceptible kinds of feedbacks, which are useful to improve our activities, changing undesirable behaviours –i.e. Fitbit– and enables critical thinking and reflection on our actions. This resonates very well with what Donald Schön meant by having reflective conversation with materials at hand. He highlighted that materials –i.e. artifacts– of a design situation talk back to designer, so they enable and support reflection.
In my dissertation I sought to: 1) consider existing theories about reflective thinking as valuable sources for design concepts and designing everyday objects; 2) make theories and design guidelines for designing such artifacts; 3) present a particular example in using reflection as a concept for designing an everyday artifact with the scope of changing people’s urban mobility behaviours.