quotidian — "of or occurring every day; daily." Also, "common, ordinary occurrence"
Below are some thoughts I put together last year in prep for sub-teaching an SFI class:
Remaining critical of your own practice and anyone you’re doing co-design with
What is co-design?
- Is co-design just doing something together – and then how is it different from participatory design? It seems it’s not just this. Power differential (us vs. them)
- Is it we’re on the same level and doing this together?
- But then why am I paid to be a designer at my job?
- What is my qualification? What is my expertise?
- How do folks get paid? How do you appropriately show appreciations? Who gets money and how much?
- “inviting” – words matter – you’re invited to someone else’s space – reinforces power
This is new: we want to create it but haven’t figured it out yet
- This is the ethos (break down the barriers between ‘designer’ and ‘user’) but we’re not there yet
- Co-design is aspirational – the word is aspirational
- Doesn't absolve you from empathy and even requires more
How can those of us with design jobs do this?
- “We weren’t experts in sound – we aren’t sound people – we tried things out together”
- in some ways not being experts helped us co-design together
- no competition
- genuine collaboration
- Can you do co-design with an expert – what is an expert?
- Depth and breadth
- Privilege of research and of being a designer is doing this in many contexts and regularly and learning from it
- Participants are brought in because they’re living a life (which they are an expert in – their own life)
- Is it possible to quiet the expertise? Is that desirable? Can we re-envision using expertise?
At least we know it’s about having those for whom the outcome is for involved in the process of creation
- but how much participation and when?? Early?, middle?, late?
- Can they really continue? Do they really contribute? What do we do with their contributions?
The problem of tokenism
- Just like personas being used to represent entire demographics
- if you lean on that one person to represent more than one person you fail