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this is an interactive diagram of methodological approaches in critical design practice. It does not aim to offer an exhaustive overview of critical design methods. Rather, it is a tool that can help understanding the wide scope of what critical practice is about. To contribute with your knowledge, please prove that you are human and not a robot.

CASE STUDY

A case study is a detailed examination of a particular case or cases within a real-world context. It is an observation that uses different types of designs - "no theory first" type, single- and multiple-case studies type or "social construction of reality".

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COLLABORATION

Method that means an action of working with someone to produce a critical design output. Designers contribute their expertise for the benefit of a shared objective, project, or mission.

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participation, team work, collaborative

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Caring design

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CRITICAL MAKING

This method was invented to bridge the gap between creative, physical, and conceptual exploration.The purpose of critical making resides in the learning extracted from the process of making rather than the experience derived from the finished output.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_making, DiSalvo, C (2009). "Design and the Construction of Publics". Design Issues. 1. 25: 48.

Critical networking

Exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession - design or special interest - critical design, usually in an informal social setting.

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CULTURE JAMMING

Culture jamming (sometimes also guerrilla communication) is a form of protest used by many anti-consumerist social movements to disrupt or subvert media culture and its mainstream cultural institutions, including corporate advertising. It attempts to "expose the methods of domination" of mass society.

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DESIGN HACKING

Design hacking is the resourcefulness of the individual stepping in when the products and systems we are offered fall short. Design hacking creates new realities, options and possibilities from those we are given, whether commercial, social or civic. It is a repurposing everyday objects or messages into something new.

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DIALOGUE

This method uses design that focuses on discussion.

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provocative scenarios, dialectic, design for the debate, initiating discussion

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Design for Debate, Dialectic design

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JOURNALING

Journaling is the act of expressing thoughts and feelings by putting words or visuals on paper/display. Journaling is a mental, emotional and spiritual exercise that helps deal with life’s difficulties and uncertainties. In design practice it identifies designers' negative thoughts and beliefs and cultivates positive ones.

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visual diary

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MAPPING

A method of design research which involves asking interviewees or group participants to sort or 'map' objects (or representations of objects) according to how they are seen or thought of. Mapping allows to simplify a complex space, create shared understanding, reveal hidden insights and coordinate actions.

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environmental issues, climate changes, investigative

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Transition design (Transition Design is an area of design research, practice and study which looks toward design-led societal transition toward more sustainable futures)

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PARTICIPATION

This method is about taking part in certain action or sharing thoughts and contents communicated in critical design project.

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collaboration, interactive, participative

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Brave New Alps

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PROVOKING

This method aims at exploring and criticizing possible futures by creating speculative, and often provocative, scenarios narrated through designed artifacts.

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speculative, provocative scenarios

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Speculative design, Design fiction

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QUESTIONING

It involves employing a series of questions to explore an issue, an idea or something intriguing. Questioning in critical design is the process of forming and welding that serves to develop answers and insight.

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antropocentric, humanoriented, design thinking, real needs

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Human centered design

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REFLECTING

This method is about conceptual, aesthetic and communicative strategies that aim at stimulating debate and critical reflection through the design and (media) circulation of provocative, speculative or contemplative artifacts and scenarios.

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influence of design in futures, critique of environmental responsible solutions, critique of technologies, what other worlds might be possible, speculative

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Discursive Design, Reflective design, Speculative design

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Tharp / Tharp 2018, Moritz Greiner-Petter: Grey design: critical practices of design at the peripheries of the discipline. In Critical by Design. page 184;

TROUBLING

Troubling is a theoretically grounded and practice-oriented method that brings to matter how trouble is an implicit condition of designing ethical and responsible outputs. It encourages designers and researchers to develop knowledge embedded in criticality and questioning status quo.

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trubling times, subversive, speculative, critique of technologies

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subversive design

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VISUAL JOURNALISM

This method premises upon the idea that at a time of accelerating change, often words cannot keep pace with concepts. Visual journalism incorporates ancient symbols that resonate with humans across cultures and time and conveys meaning instantaneously at a deep level.

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symbolic language, engaged, investigative, visual commenting, facts or news, telling stories

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visual journalism

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VISUAL PROTEST

This method is a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something with visual communication tools.

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design activism

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VISUAL STORYTELLING

A visual narrative (also visual storytelling) is a story told primarily through the use of visual media. The story may be told using forms of visual communication and can be enhanced with graphics, music, voice and other audio.

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