Design is a key site of cultural production and change in contemporary society. Anthropologists have been involved in design projects for several decades but only recently a new field of inquiry has emerged which aims to integrate the strengths of design thinking and anthropological research.This book is written by anthropologists who actively participate in the development of design anthropology. Comprising both cutting-edge explorations and theoretical reflections, it provides a much-needed introduction to the concepts, methods, practices and challenges of the new field. Design Anthropology moves from observation and interpretation to collaboration, intervention and co-creation. Its practitioners participate in multidisciplinary design teams working towards concrete solutions for problems that are sometimes ill-defined. The authors address the critical potential of design anthropology in a wide range of design activities across the globe and query the impact of design on the discipline of anthropology.This volume will appeal to new and experienced practitioners in the field as well as to students of anthropology, innovation, science and technology studies, and a wide range of design studies focusing on user participation, innovation, and collaborative research.

chapter 1|29 pages

Design Anthropology: A Distinct Style of Knowing

ByTon Otto, Rachel Charlotte Smith

section Section I|52 pages

Concepts, Methods, and Practices

chapter 2|18 pages

The Social Life of Concepts in Design Anthropology

ByAdam Drazin

chapter 3|17 pages

(Trans)forming Knowledge and Design Concepts in the Design Workshop

ByMette Gislev Kjærsgaard

section Section II|53 pages

The Materiality of Design

chapter 5|15 pages

Designing by Doing: Building Bridges in the Highlands of Borneo

ByIan J. Ewart

chapter 7|19 pages

Designing Heritage for a Digital Culture

ByRachel Charlotte Smith

section Section III|60 pages

The Temporality of Design

chapter 8|20 pages

From Description to Correspondence: Anthropology in Real Time

ByCaroline Gatt, Tim Ingold

chapter 9|21 pages

Conceptions of Innovation and Practice: Designing Indoor Climate

ByWendy Gunn, Christian Clausen

chapter 10|17 pages

Ethnographies of the Possible

ByJoachim Halse

section Section IV|72 pages

The Relationality of Design

chapter 11|17 pages

Generating Publics through Design Activity

ByBrendon Clark

chapter 12|16 pages

Bridging Disciplines and Sectors: An Industry-Academic Partnership in Design Anthropology

ByChristina Wasson, Crysta Metcalf

chapter 14|18 pages

Epilogue: Ethnography and Design, Ethnography in Design … Ethnography by Design

ByKeith M. Murphy, George E. Marcus