Designing for Fear

By Jezyna Domanska My group has been designing for Parkour, a city-based athletic practice. What I’ve learned about fear from our bodystorming session, is that it’s difficult to convince people to face their fears. A desire to face a fear, or in fact a desire to avoid facing it, seems to be very intrinsic –…

Embodied Interaction and Cognitivism

Essay by Moa Sävenryd Talking about phenomenology and the relationship between the mind and the body, or rather, the discussion that there is no separation between the two, relates (indirect and direct) to theories and concepts I have come across in my earlier studies in cognitive science. This both makes up for confusion and perspective,…

Chuck into the deep end

Essay by by Pavel Okopnyi Body and mind, intentionality, instruments and tools, consciousness, perception, phenomenal field, phenomenal body, and many others. Reading Merleau-Ponty’s “Phenomenology of Perception” [1] (as well as any philosophical work, to be honest) resembles a ‘sink-or-swim’ exercise in a sense that the unprepared reader chokes with words, terms and concepts, as well…

Website design ‘talking back’

Laura Wiegland Introduction In his paper ‘Designing as Reflective Conversation with the Materials of a Design Situation’ [01] Donald A. Schon describes the process of design as a “reflective conversation” with a material design situation. He uses examples from architecture, where designers actively shape a “design world” by exploring and experimenting with given design inputs.…

Ready-to-hand and disappearing technology

Salah Mohammedsalih “Ready-to-hand” (zuhanden) and “present-at-hand” (vorhanden) are concept introduced by Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) in his famous book Being and Time (1927). Heidegger considers these as ways to explains the way we encounter the world and act through it. By ‘ready to hand’ Heidegger describes how a tool “equipment” becomes invisible in the background of the work…