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Title: An investigation into the potential of a mindful design intervention in academic multidisciplinary collaborative design settings, to reveal designer values and to enhance social interaction
Author: Rojas, Fernando
ISNI:       0000 0004 9354 8365
Awarding Body: Northumbria University
Current Institution: Northumbria University
Date of Award: 2020
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This doctoral programme explored intersections between design and mindfulness. The thesis describes an exploratory embedded multiple-case study methodology where: (1) critical analysis of relevant literature informed the development a literature-supported design relevant mindfulness intervention, or mindful design device; (2) qualitative data collection and analysis methods were used to develop theoretical categories to represent designers’ evolving personal and professional values in an academic multidisciplinary collaborative design setting; and (3) qualitative data collection and analysis methods were used to assess designers' perceptions of impact into their social interaction resulting from engagement with the mindfulness intervention. A significant feature of the mindful design device is that, as part of the mindful reflection process, it generates unique and rich sets of data that reveal designers’ evolving values. The suggested major categories of designers' values in context with collaborative design arising from the analysis are: Efficacy, Relationality, Development and Achievement. Further study findings demonstrate that upon engagement with the device, designers become more aware in specific ways of, not only interpersonal, but also intrapersonal aspects. It is argued that greater understanding of what motivates design decisions, as well as increased development of attentiveness in social interactions along with other mindfulness effects, are vital for constructive mediation in design education and design practice. It would be reasonable to assert that well developed mindfulness based collaborative design skills empower designers to exercise their capacities relevant to the design task, as well as to work collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals.
Supervisor: English, Stuart Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: W200 Design studies