Bauhaus photographers Umbo and Paul Citroen captured the modern women of their day. (Left to Right: Alexa von Porewski, Lena Amsel, Rut Landshoff, unknown), 1929. Berlinische Galerie.

Participatory Design Pt. 2 — Scandanavian History, Malmö, Activism v Elitism

Participatory Design: A product development methodology attempting to actively involve all stakeholders in the design process to help ensure the result meets their needs.


Although criticized today, Bauhaus was still one of the most diverse and inclusive movements of its time.

I. What’s the history of Participatory Design? 📚

Bauhaus was participatory in how it blurred the artist/engineer boundary.
The Norwegian Iron and Metal Workers Union famously demanded knowledge of computers be locally be created via manuals, and was the birth of Scandanavian ‘Co-Design’ of the 70's.

II. What guides Participatory Design today?

²Distributed & Data Driven Design as Foresight rather than a current Design Trend.
“Assembled Contingencies” — Malte Müller of WAF

1) Take Up Less Space

2) Make space for Activism

Photojournalist Ahmad Gharabli’s striking photo of a Palestinian woman and Israeli security officer.

III. What’s the future of Participatory Design?

“Africa: 2081” — Ikire Jones (Olalekan Jeyifous & Wale Oyedeji)

Future Scenario: Distributed, Data Driven Design

Core Ideas:

A Futurist Scenario — Linxia, China (2050)


Toronto-based curious mind. User Experience Researcher looking to allign tech with better Mental Health.

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