[Talk][Research in Play] A short history of how Design sees us.

Sruthi Krishnan will be presenting her talk at FoV on 31st July, 2015. The following is a synopsis for the talk.

In 2006, Time magazine chose ‘You’ as the person of the year. ‘Yes, you. You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world,’ Time assured us. Are we all users? Do we share a one-dimensional relationship of utility with technology and the material world around us? Or is the relationship more complex?

The field whose sole focus is the relationship between us and the material world around us is Design. Be it artifacts, symbols, services, or environments, we humans have designed the world around us. And Design, the study of the what, how, why, and who of designing has struggled with the tug of war between a ‘one size fits all’ perspective of the world where we are all users on the one hand and different dimensions of diversity on the other.

In the discussion on Friday, we will first undertake a short history of how Design sees us and how it has (and not) grappled with the question of diversity over the years. Using this history as a background, the discussion will introduce how other disciplines such as cognitive science and linguistics too are grappling the same questions and how Design can provide a new way of seeing, where we can embrace diversity.

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