Design Director Johan Redström wins the 2006 Design Studies Award!

7 May, 2007 - 08:26

Congratulations, Johan! The announcement was made by the Design Research Society and the journal publishers, Elsevier Science:


Design Studies AwardWe are pleased to announce the winner of the 2006 Design Studies Award, for the best paper published in the journal. The award is to be made to Johan Redström, of the Interactive Institute, Sweden, for his paper Towards User Design? On the shift from object to user as the subject of design, published in Vol. 27, No. 2, pp 123-139.The Design Studies Award is made annually, jointly by the Design Research Society and the journal publishers, Elsevier Science. It comprises a certificate and a prize of GBP500. The criteria for the Award, in order of priority, are: contribution to the development of the field of design research, originality of research or scholarship, breadth of relevance, and clarity andstyle of presentation. Votes for the Award are cast by the journal Editors and a group of Officers of the DRS.AbstractIf design used to be a matter of physical form, its subject the material object, it now increasingly seems to be about the user and her experiences. A central problem with this development is the confusion between what we are designing and who is going to use it -- the shift towards user design. Trying to optimise fit on basis of knowledge about use and users, we risk trapping people in a situation where the use of our designs has been over-determined and where there is not enough space left to act and improvise.