Experimental making in multi-disciplinary research

RUST, C., WHITELEY, G. and WILSON, A. (2000). Experimental making in multi-disciplinary research. Design journal, 3 (3), 16-25.


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For the past 3 years, Graham Whiteley has been using making in a project to develop a mechanical analogy for the human skeletal arm to inform the future development of prostheses and other artefacts. Other aspects of the work such as use of drawings and the use of a principled approach in the absence of concrete design goals have been documented elsewhere, this paper concentrates on the central role of making in the process. The paper will discuss the role of making in multi-disciplinary research; craft skills and resources appropriate to each stage of a practice centred research project in this area; the use of models in an iterative experimental investigation and the value of models in eliciting knowledge from a broad community of interested parties and experts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Berg Publishing
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Page Range: 16-25
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/977

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