Design Disciplin

Ron Wakkary: Beyond Human-Centered Design

December 16, 2022 Dr. Mehmet Aydın Baytaş
Design Disciplin
Ron Wakkary: Beyond Human-Centered Design
Show Notes

Ron Wakkary is a professor of design at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology in Canada. He is also a professor, holding the Chair of Design for More Than Human-Centered Worlds, in the industrial design department at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Ron is the founder of the design research studio Everyday Design Studio (EDS). At EDS, he works with Will Odom and an evolving cast of students to produce multi-disciplinary design research that is highly engaged with the practice and craft of design. For UX designers and industrial designers looking for ideas and inspiration from social sciences, humanities, and philosophy executed in design artifacts, the work from EDS is a fantastic resource.

Ron recently published the book Things We Could Design: For More Than Human-Centered Worlds via MIT Press. The book packages his research focused on “post-humanist design” rather than human-centered design, bringing non-human stakeholders like nature, climate, and biological diversity into the focus of design methodology.


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+ Book: In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki:
+ Book: Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux:
+ Book: Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway:
+ Book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff:
+ Book: The Overstory by Richard Powers:
+ Book: The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram:
+ Book: Things We Could Design by Ron Wakkary:
+ Book: Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett:
+ Book: What Things Do by Peter-Paul Verbeek:

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00:00:00​ Intro
00:01:26 Ron's Story
00:13:35 Research through Design
00:18:54 Ron's Practice
00:22:26​ The Core Message in Ron's Book
00:27:30 How To Put the Book in Practice
00:34:45 "Designer as Biography / Force / Speaking Subject / Intensities and Origins"
00:51:57 The Scope of Design vs. Other Disciplines
00:58:50 "Nomadic Practice"
01:21:55 Book Recommendations 
01:27:00 What's Next for Ron
01:33:00 Closing