Investigating how to design for systems through designing a group music improvisation system.

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    Abstract: In this paper we describe one of our studies aimed at gaining insight in how to design for systems, which we see as the current challenge in industrial design. We observe that the methods, tools and techniques that were developed for ‘traditional’ industrial design and, more recently, interaction design, fall short when designing networked, highly dynamic and open systems. To get more grip on this challenge, we set up a design challenge at our Department of Industrial Design, aimed at designing a Group Music Improvisation System. All participating students were asked to design part of the system, in the form of a novel interactive musical instrument that had its own behaviour but also allowed other instruments to influence its behaviour. This design challenge was explored with 20 undergraduate students during one semester. At the end of the semester all students had to present their work in a group performance. In this paper we describe our theoretical foundations, our starting points, the setup and results of the project, and discuss our most prominent findings and future steps.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2013), "Consilience and Innovation in Design", 26-30 August 2013, Tokyo, Japan
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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