What makes it design research ?
The Open University, Milton Keynes, 30 January 2017
Transgressing Value for Plastic Waste / Katarina Dimitrijevic / KraalD
Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London / Design Star / Cohort 2
Supervised by DR MATHILDA THAM / DR JULIET SPRAKE
• The overall aim is to promote the minimization of future urban landfill, nurturing socially relational and
eco-centric attitudes. As my research practice is embedded as a social narrative, public exposition and
engagement is essential both to generate future insights from a multitude of stakeholders • Urban plastic
trash is my study and production material. I am engaged in exploring re: use and up: cycle
designedisposal and designtransposal strategies • This poster explores design workshop/s as a social
research method (Rosner et al., 2016) The workshop approach recourses back into the praxis and create
new possibilities of co- making. Through this, relational platform: plastic waste things and participants are
engaged directly in the creative process, becoming co-authors, editors, and observers of the play. This
type of social prototyping encourages me to gaze into what is familiar, towards what could be and what
happens if; The workshop’s primary objective is to visualize the future possibilities for ocean plastic
depollution, using plastic disposal to create a 3D gyre installation. Approach incorporates joyful activism,
trash aesthetics and craft making.• social narrative for plastic waste scenarios and speculative design.
Photo Bricolage: KraalD, 2015, Designetransposal Workshops: Visualizing through the North Atlantic Gyra; right : Sustainable
Product Design, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, UK; left: PhDByDesign, Goldsmiths University, London UK.