Tag: Peter Jones

21
Mar

Meanings of Designed Spaces

We are delighted to see that Meanings of Designed Spaces edited by our friend and colleague Tiiu Poldma PhD has just been published by Fairchild Books.

“Meanings of Designed Spaces is a collection of articles by — and interviews with — 40 renowned design academics and professionals exploring how people make meaning using design today, and how “designed space” both shapes and is shaped by technology, business, ethics, culture, sustainability and society. As society rapidly changes, so too does our relationship with design and the spaces of the designed world….The book’s subject matter moves from the theoretical to the practical and includes, at times, contradictory viewpoints, providing a springboard for conversation and debate.”

Included in the new book is an interview that Peter Jones PhD conducted with GK VanPatter CoFounder of Humantific and NextDesign Leadership Institute entitled: NextDesign Geographies; Understanding Design 1,2,3,4: the Rise of Visual SenseMaking. In that interview GK VanPatter explains how and why the NextD Complexity Ladder was created as well as other change waves underway with significant implications for graduate design education as well as practice such as skill-to-scale.

“Today, the synchronization of tools and skills to problem scale is a quest underway in most disciplines around the world. No graduate school, and few practices, can escape that reckoning.”

You can read more details about the book here at Fairchild Books.


30
Mar

Inspired by Skill-to-Scale

We were delighted to see Noah Raford being inspired by Peter Jones being inspired by NextDesign Geographies…:-)

Created by GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor, NextD Geographies has been presented at numerous conferences around the world. It is a community-focused sensemaking framework that helps others make sense of the design thinking landscape.

One of its central ideas, not always popular in the design community, is Skill-to-Scale. The implications are that different design skills are needed for different levels of complexity. For example, what goes on in Design 1 is radically different from the tools and methods of Design 3. As design-oriented professionals become more involved in changemaking in the context of organizations and societies, rather than just product or service creation (Design 2), these differences become more clear. Not everyone is happy about that kind of clarity.

GK VanPatter: “As a field of knowledge, design is an amorphous time warp that exists across several time zones or paradigms simultaneously…The NextD Geographies Framework of D1, D2, D3, D4 is, in essence, a complexity scale. It is a post-discipline view that is process, not content, focused.”

For more, see The Rise of Visual SenseMaking: GK VanPatter interviewed by Peter Jones PhD.

NextD ideas and their ramifications continue to inspire and influence many design thinking initiatives.

Related:

NextDesign Geographies: Understanding Design Futures That Have Already Arrived!

ReReThinking Design Thinking

Design is Changing / Are You?

NextD Reality Check

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