Following Seals and Dogs: Experimenting with Personal Dimensions of Transformative Design

Kirsi Hakio, Markéta Dolejšová, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi, Cristina Ampatzidou

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Present eco-social crises call for transformative design practices, which include personal dimensions of transformation and self-reflection. This paper builds on ongoing discussions in participatory design about personal transformation and its impact on broader societal change. The paper presents two reflective accounts on transformative encounters with creative practices, to explore how to better understand and nurture personal transformations in participatory design. The common themes emerging from these accounts point to the importance of noticing small events that might seem subtle or mundane at first, but upon reflection, become critical in contributing to personal transformation. The paper argues that the personal dimension of transformative design plays an important role in fostering eco-social change, and that self-transformation can be nurtured by creating space for spontaneity, letting-go, shifting of perspectives and trusting into emerging elements that unfold beyond our control as designers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2022
EditorsVasilis Vlachokyriakos, Joyce Yee, Christopher Frauenberger, Melisa Duque Hurtado, Nicolai Hansen, Angelika Strohmayer, Izak Van Zyl, Andy Dearden, Reem Talhouk, Cally Gatehouse, Donna Leishman, Shana Agid, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Jennyfer Taylor, Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Yoko Akama, Rachel Clarke, John Vines
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9681-3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventParticipatory Design Conference: Embracing Cosmologies: Expanding Worlds of Participatory Design - Virtual, Online, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Aug 20221 Sept 2022
Conference number: 17


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference
Abbreviated titlePDC
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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