The Experimental Workshop on The Theory of Design Naturally

Posted: March 12, 2014

The Experimental Workshop on The Theory of Design Naturally- 2014

I held this workshop on 7th of March as part of the Form, Aesthetics, and Meaning Making course at Konstfack College of Arts, Crafts, and Design. During the workshop, the theory of Design Naturally was presented for 10 participants who were Ph.D. candidates and design researchers. Seven of the participants had not been heard of this theory before. This workshop took 3 and a half hours in total. It was held in a simple room with a big rectangular table in the middle and chairs around it. Despite my first workshop at Konstfack, I could be there in person and therefore I had a close observation of the process. It started with the short introduction about me and continued with the presentation of the theory of Design Naturally. It took almost 45 minutes to cover all parts. We skipped the Design Naturally Principles’ exercises, because of the time limit. After a  short break, the form-giving method was described step by step, and the participants were asked to go through the steps by picking one sample product to start with. The available products were two different lighters, a hard disk, one iPod classic, a metric ruler and a flash memory. Since the two first steps of writing the growth and the use story looked a little bit confusing at first, most of the participants preferred to work in pairs on these steps. They were asked to finish the first 4 steps in almost 40 minutes and the rest of the time was considered to be for the 2 final steps. The tasks of each of the steps were described as many times as needed and the participants were given as much extra time as possible. Although most of the participants were more enthusiastic to work in pairs at first, all of them had their own clay model based on an individual story by the end of the workshop.