Adeline Hvidsten and Anna Kirah
This paper explores designerly tools for visualizing insights, generative creativity and mirroring complexity. As designers are increasingly facilitating complex and “wicked problems”, making sense of and communicating large amounts of insights becomes a challenge (Kolko, 2010; Talgorn & Hendriks, 2021). We focus on the potential and importance of such tools, but more so, the potential pitfalls for design as designers’ good intentions meet the demands and complexities of the real world, such as issues of representation of power. We offer no solution but suggest some lenses for designers and design scholars which can be purposely applied, that are both complementary and simultaneously challenge each other (Hvidsten & Almqvist, forthcoming; Lorino et al., 2011; Nicolini, 2009). We believe that one challenge is developing and applying approaches to design based on non-representational foundations. We use the example of narrative approaches focusing on non-human (and human) agency, organizational and industrial transformation, and transdisciplinary and hybrid experiments with, for example, storytelling and technology.
Keywords: systemic design, complexity, giga-maps, visualization, materiality, power