The Use of Philosophical Theories in Design: A Research-Through-Design Case of Treatment Compliance

Jonne van Belle, R.B. Giesberts, Wouter Eggink

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Design has a key role in shaping humans. In the design process, an understanding of the complex human and its often conflicting relations could be fruitful to improve the design. Ideas from Philosophy of Technology could offer a different perspective on product design. In this paper it will be explored how a philosophical perspective can support the design process in case of a conflict of interest using the ‘research-through-design’ method with a case study of clubfeet treatment compliance. The comfort and usability of the treatment could be improved using a brace instead of a cast. However, this change raises two conflicts of interest between and within parents, child and medical experts. Two philosophical theories were used, the Mediation Theory and the Product Impact Tool, to analyse the problem and design solutions. The results are, finally, discussed in light of the general design process. This philosophical perspective in the design process enabled the designer to reveal the core problem and design solutions that go beyond a technical fix.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Biannual Design Research Society Conference (DRS)
Subtitle of host publicationCatalyst
EditorsChristiano Storni, Keelin Leahy, Muireann McMahon, Peter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
Place of PublicationLimerick
PublisherDesign Research Society
Pages218-228
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)2398-3132
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Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018
EventDesign Research Society 2018: Catalyst - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018
Conference number: 5
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Abbreviated titleDRS 2018
CountryIreland
CityLimerick
Period25/06/1828/06/18
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van Belle, J., Giesberts, R. B., & Eggink, W. (2018). The Use of Philosophical Theories in Design: A Research-Through-Design Case of Treatment Compliance. In C. Storni, K. Leahy, M. McMahon, P. Lloyd, & E. Bohemia (Eds.), Proceedings of the Biannual Design Research Society Conference (DRS): Catalyst (pp. 218-228). Limerick: Design Research Society. https://doi.org/10.21606/dma.2017.231
van Belle, Jonne ; Giesberts, R.B. ; Eggink, Wouter . / The Use of Philosophical Theories in Design : A Research-Through-Design Case of Treatment Compliance. Proceedings of the Biannual Design Research Society Conference (DRS): Catalyst. editor / Christiano Storni ; Keelin Leahy ; Muireann McMahon ; Peter Lloyd ; Erik Bohemia. Limerick : Design Research Society, 2018. pp. 218-228
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van Belle, J, Giesberts, RB & Eggink, W 2018, The Use of Philosophical Theories in Design: A Research-Through-Design Case of Treatment Compliance. in C Storni, K Leahy, M McMahon, P Lloyd & E Bohemia (eds), Proceedings of the Biannual Design Research Society Conference (DRS): Catalyst. Design Research Society, Limerick, pp. 218-228, Design Research Society 2018, Limerick, Ireland, 25/06/18. https://doi.org/10.21606/dma.2017.231

The Use of Philosophical Theories in Design : A Research-Through-Design Case of Treatment Compliance. / van Belle, Jonne; Giesberts, R.B.; Eggink, Wouter .

Proceedings of the Biannual Design Research Society Conference (DRS): Catalyst. ed. / Christiano Storni; Keelin Leahy; Muireann McMahon; Peter Lloyd; Erik Bohemia. Limerick : Design Research Society, 2018. p. 218-228.

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van Belle J, Giesberts RB, Eggink W. The Use of Philosophical Theories in Design: A Research-Through-Design Case of Treatment Compliance. In Storni C, Leahy K, McMahon M, Lloyd P, Bohemia E, editors, Proceedings of the Biannual Design Research Society Conference (DRS): Catalyst. Limerick: Design Research Society. 2018. p. 218-228 https://doi.org/10.21606/dma.2017.231