Opening of Wonderground conference
Afternoon session DRS meeting Day 1

Notes from am plenary session

Second Plenary

Met Ken Friedman who is great and is introducing me to the people for design and governmentality. Per Mollerup who did the policy design for Estonia and Latvia. Key note speaker for today.

Chris Rust, MC

Design Studies Award winner Dr. Andy Dong

Nigel Cross

Speaks about the highlights of the last 40 years since DRS founded in 1966.

Purpose of DRS is to develop the research and studying of the process of designing in all its many fields.

Conference of Design Methods in 1962.
Systematic Methods for Designers L Bruce Archer. Herbert Simon the Sciences of Articificial.

1970s Christ Alexander. Critique of work of 1960s. J Christoper Jones "FORGET design methods "

Horst Rittle concept of the Second Generation of design methods and introduced idea of wicked problems.

Bruce Archer et. al. 1979 Design for General Education, entering of design into primary and secondary schools.

DRS Conferences in 1971. 1973. 1976. 1980.

1980s Consolidation and establishing of journals. Design studies (1979). Design Issues (1984) Design Issues (1988)
Concepts of Designerly ways of knowing. Establishing design as own discipline. Design studies on its own terms.

1990s Expansion More conferences and journals

Future 2000s Interdisciplinary, internationalization, new international societies for design researc h. Professionalization. Fellow grade introduced to DRS, peer recognition with rolling members. First 20 members read.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Per Mollerup Design policy advisor for Estonia and Latvia

SIMPLICITY Problems of marking bathroom doors. Simplicity. Portugues pictograms.
Simplicity an essential part of design research. Devising courses of action. Simplicity is subject and purpose of design research. Early ancestors life was complicated; tools were simple. Scandinavia home of simplicity. Yes and no. Before adding, need to reduced something.

Fields of simplicity. Some things are complicated: tax forms.

Complex vs. Complicated Complex. Consisting of interconnected parts. Complicated. Difficulty of understanding.

Parameters Number of parts. more parts = less simplicity Variety. more variety = less simplicity Structure. Less structure = less simplicity

functionality, easier to use.
One all fits all. Simple for manufacturer but not user.
Aesthetics, people prefer simple to complicated. Minimalism in art in 1950s. Free work of personal effectations. Entered into Architecture. Exit ornament. Death of ornament p. 1910 Adolph Loos. Rich materials substitute for ornamentation. Mies van der Rohe and Corbesier used structure as ornamentation. Centre pompidou.
Find trends in furniture and auto design.

Ethics, simplicity for moral reasons. Christianity and simplicity. Ecology and simplicity in use of things. Piet hein, the tyranny of things. Poem."If possess more than eight things you are possessed by them."
the Shakers communities in the US. Designed own material culture. Shaker design by function, aesthetics, and ethics.

Forced simplicity Material and technological lack in early ancestry and in developing nations. Today we have an abundance of choice. More choices make us less happy.

A modern choice Life is quatitatively easier, but more complex. Complexity expands to keep us busy.

Simplicity in research Occam's razor revised Eistien's reminder, everything should be made as simple as possible.


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