Boundaries? What Boundaries?

P. Atkinson, 'Boundaries? What Boundaries? The Crisis of Design in a Post-Professional Era'
Design Journal 13(2):2010:137-155

There is a developing awareness of the interconnected nature of design, its connections with other disciplines, and the convergence of different design disciplines as boundaries are increasingly contested and transgressed. Yet, to my mind, the most significant boundary currently not only being crossed but being dismantled is the boundary between professional and amateur, or more pertinently, between 'designer' and 'user'. Recent design methodology has stressed the importance of taking a user-centred approach, but has not envisioned a position where designer and user are essentially one and the same. This change in perspective has the potential to transform design education, design practice and the consumption of design.

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