April 22, 2020
Speculative, Critical Design und Design Activism
Speculative Design | Critical Design | Design acivism – using the example of gender (in)equality:
This master thesis deals with the research question of an extended understanding about design concerning social change in relation to feminist theory. The thesis is situated between design, critique and gender studies. The conceptual focus of the broader understanding of design finds itself within explorative design disciplines, such as: speculative design, critical design and design activism. In the beginning, the concept of contemporary design and the development of the design discipline will be discussed, followed by the juxtaposition of affirmative and critical design. Thereafter the dimensions of feminis theory in relation to gender secifc representations and gender sensitivity within design is presented. Finally, I introduce the practice-based component, which I developed in the exploration of feminist design research. The goal of this body of work was to depict contemporary positions of critical design approaches showing different viewpoints of feminist theory, in order to demonstrate the relationship between design and gender. The outcome is put into practice in the applied part of this thesis with the aim to raise awareness by visualizing the structural imbalance in the context of gender (in)equality.