Design is about divergent and convergent thinking. It requires ideas to be synthesized and unresolved ideas be let go of. It’s as though the design process tacitly irons things out — fixing them so they appear consistent, correct and permanent, complete and finished. I face onto-epistemological challenge as I believe that we must fix and unfix things, control and let go, accept impermanence and permanence and learn that being and doing are entwined.
What happens to design if we accept the paradox of the temporary and the fixed? Are we more likely to see everything as a practice with no set beginning and end? Does our fixation with the artefact become less relevant? Could this better equip designers to accept uncertainty?And, how might this influence the way designers communicate their processes?
I shift towards design being a practice that is emergent, uncertain, situated continuous, relational, collaborative, agile, respectful, ethical, speculative, authentic, dialogical, negotiated and critical.