Epistemology of design

Practitioners of design claim that they are multi- , pluri- , and/or trans-disciplinary. This affirmation opened a research program for the Codesign lab:

1- What are the disciplines that are part of the design practice? What methods, concepts, are borrowed and circulate. In particular, we focus on how human sciences (as different from social sciences) build a certain relation to human artefacts and how designers use humanities to bridge the gap between technology and culture.

2- What are the specificities of the sciences of conception ? While concepts and methods circulate between sciences, the core of design is that it creates a new object, an X. How do we model this process? What theoretical basis can we define to address this singular way of producing knowledge? We work on a semiotic model of design (cf Jutant, Gentes, Bejean, Mivielle, Design, Meaning Making and Constructive Fixation, IASDR, 2013).

3- Observing how our different engineering research projects worked, we contend that design is the place of « in-discipline » (Rancière). Following Anne-Françoise Schmid’s work in creative epistemology, we observe that design is what systematically decomposes/ deconstructs facts, theories, methods of constituted disciplines to recompose it through an integrative object. In this respect, aesthetics under- determinate sciences.