Rethinking the role of the designer in future ICT
(Conference paper, 2008)
Abstract:The aim of this paper is to discuss a trend that is characterizing the way innovation occurs in ICT. I will discuss a shift that complicates the traditional separation between user and designer and makes it less meaningful in favor of a notion of a more proactive user. I will argue that designers – consequently – might want to redefine their own role in the design process. I will then draw on Science and Technology Study and Actor Network Theory in order to provide a framework that could help designers to rethink their own roles, and possibly envision new ways to engage in the shift toward more proactive users.