This research paper was written by Ramia Mazé and Johan Redström at the Interactive Institute. They introduce the text as a way to “discuss conceptual and critical design, suggesting that they constitute a kind of critical practice in design. Tracing a historical background and contemporary tendencies, we consider implications for design research”.
If there is no extension beyond commentary or critique, conceptual and critical design might tend toward the self-reflexive and genetic autonomy – design for designers.
Discussion around a “critical practise” not just academic or conceptual but a design research practise that functions.
Engagement with the conceptual realm of design and thereby, potentially also contributing to the development – through critique and counterproposals – of theoretical frameworks proper to design.
When someone reflects-in-action, he becomes a researcher in the practice context
— Donald schön, 1983