Design Anthropology

Please visit the new design anthropology group at the Collaborative Anthropology Network! 

Design Anthropology is a transdisciplinary area of research and practice that is holistically constitutive of a whole spectrum of diverse relationships that have historically formed between the fields of design and anthropology, as well as other intersecting fields. 

While there is still a space between the two fields as they are traditionally taught and predominantly practiced, design anthropology represents a project for an entirely new epistemology of design, with a critical mass of new design theory and a new way of practicing design that is fully aware of the responsibility that comes with being a world-building activity. Amplifying the commonalities between the two fields of design and anthropology and resolving their disconnections by extending the theoretical trajectories of the field of anthropology into the future through design by conceiving of participatory, speculative, and critical design events together as a pliant, actuating field site for (design) anthropological inquiries.

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Comment by Brandon Meyer on February 3, 2020 at 6:32pm

All contents of this group created by the group admin, including pages, videos, comments, and discussions are in the process of being migrated to the design anthropology group at the Collaborative Anthropology Network.

Thank You,

Brandon Meyer

Comment by Anastasia Gidt on April 1, 2016 at 2:43pm

@Nancy, thank you so much for replying and the video linkI know this video. It actually reminded me of the article that I am now searching (still without success). I was not aware of the AnthroDesign list. That's a great help! Huge thanks

Comment by Nancy Fried Foster on March 29, 2016 at 9:32pm

Don't recognize that article, Anastasia, but you are likely to get help on the AnthroDesign list if you don't get it here. Also, you might enjoy a recent Vox video about poorly designed doors: When you do find the article, please post info!

Comment by Anastasia Gidt on March 29, 2016 at 9:20pm

Hey there, I am not sure whether this is the right place to post, but here I go. I am facing a dilemma where I remember a text but not the author. Maybe one of you can help me remember the source. The text is on the subject of design anthropology or anthropology of material culture. In the text the author describes how an anthropologist would approach the study of design objects by using the example of a door in her/his university department. If I remember correctly, it was how by looking at the design of an object, you can tell about the social relations in which the object is embedded (The said door had a pin which separated students from staff. I also clearly remember the article carried an image of said pin door). Does anyone of you know which article I am talking about? do you remember the name of author or where I might find the article? It is not Jim Johnson aka Bruno Latour, and not Don Norman's door. Any help is greatly appreaciated!



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