South Africa, Johannesburg, Design Society Development DESIS Lab

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Name: Design Society Development DESIS Lab

City: Johannesburg

Country: South Africa

Coordinator: Angus Donald Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg, acampbell@uj.ac.za

Operational Manager: Terence Fenn, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia, FADA, University of Johannesburg, tfenn@uj.ac.za

Address:
Design Society Development DESIS Lab,
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA),
University of Johannesburg (UJ),
Bunting Road Campus,
Auckland Park,
2006,
Johannesburg,
South Africa
+27 11 559 1390
www.designsocietydevelopment.org
Hosting institution:
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA),
University of Johannesburg (UJ),
Bunting Road Campus,
Auckland Park,
2006,
Johannesburg,
South Africa
+27 11 559 1098
www.uj.ac.za/fada

Background and Objectives
The Design Society Development (DSD) DESIS Lab is a multi-disciplinary community of practice that seeks to better understand how design can best serve the emerging needs of broader society, specifically in the face of staggering inequality and rapid change in Gauteng, South Africa. The DSD DESIS Lab includes participants from design, the social sciences, economics and art. Activities undertaken within the auspices of the lab include practice, research activities and information dissemination.

The DSD DESIS Lab meets monthly to interrogate research, projects, methods and products that impact on the intersection and interplay between design, society and development in our specific context. We understand design as referring to the conscious choices we make in creating systems (community, society & productive systems) and technologies (products, artefacts, communicative technologies, systems integration); society as the human context that includes the broader social systems of culture, economy, politics and environment; and development as the discourse and practice of positive and considered change. We draw on critical political economy, social sciences, appropriate technology development, participatory and human-centered design, and other design approaches in our practice and research.

The following questions underpin the DSD Lab:

  • What role can design play in addressing social, cultural and environmental issues through technology and innovation?
  • How can designers help to make sense of an increasingly complex and interconnected world?
  • How should designers transform the way they think and do now – and in the future, in order to address issues like social injustice?
  • How can design act as a catalyst for introducing technology, where appropriate, to better the lives of people?
  • How could the impact of design be assessed and evaluated, and how could this feed into the design process and design education?

The key differentiator in this initiative is the focus on a human-centered approach to design, development and creative production.

Primary Research Areas & Activities

  • The design and development of products and systems to meet the specific needs and circumstances of identified communities in an economically viable, socially just and sustainable manner.
  • Design education.
  • The use of information technology to facilitate better interaction amongst social actors for knowledge sharing, social change and research.
  • Developing theory, design methodologies and evaluation methodologies for design interventions aimed at positive social change.

List of Projects and Research
Please go to the link www.designsocietydevelopment.org/#our-work to see more information on each of the projects listed below:
Izindaba Zokudla: Innovation in the Soweto Food System. (2012-) Promoters: Dr. Naudé Malan, Senior Lecturer Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, UJ and Angus D Campbell, Senior Lecturer Department of Industrial Design, UJ. Funders: National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka fund and UJ University Research Committee.
Designing Development: An Exploration of Technology Innovation by Small-scale Urban Farmers in Johannesburg (2012-). Promoters: Angus D Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, UJ; Peter Harrison, MTech: Industrial Design candidate; and Natalia Tofas, Werner Jacobsz and Jomari Budricks, BTech: Industrial Design students. Funders: National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka Fund and UJ University Research Committee.
Resolving the South African Textbook Crisis. Promoters: Terence Fenn, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia, UJ; Department of Industrial Design, UJ. Funders: NA
Small-scale Hydroponics: Passive Components for Rural South Africa. (2013-). Promoter: Martin Bolton, Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, UJ, Tshulu Trust and various community members from HaMakuya, Limpopo. Funders: UJ Manufacture and Research Centre (MRC), Building Blocks Project, UJ.
The Slovo Park Project: Socio-Technical Support Through Service Learning. (2010-).Promoters: Jhono Bennett; 1to1 Agency for Engagement and the Slovo Park Community Development Forum. Funders: In-funded.
Tshulu Stove: An Efficient Wood Burning Stove. (2010-). Promoters: Chris Bradnum, HOD, Department of Industrial Design, UJ; and Tshulu Trust, Limpopo. Funders: Manufacturing Research Centre, UJ.
Design and Development of a Household Farming Kit. Promoters: Kyle Brand, Industrial Design Lecturer, Dept Mechanical Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology and Angus D Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, UJ. Funders: University of Johannesburg.
Communication Design for Social Change: Region D Farmers’ Forum & the Soweto Imvelo Market. (2014-). Promoters: Christa van Zyl, Lecturer, Department of Graphic Design, UJ; Dr. Naudé Malan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, UJ; the Region D Farmers Forum, Soweto; and 10 BA Communication Design Students. Funders: National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka Fund.
Design Driven Eco Fashion: The Role of Design in the Development of Sustainable Eco-fashion in South Africa. (2011-). Desiree Smal, HOD, Fashion Design, UJ. Funders: University of Johannesburg.
Project Presentation
[See three attached PowerPoint files as per required project format]

Main Partners

  • The University of Johannesburg
    Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture: Departments of Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Multimedia, Graphic Design, Visual Art, Interior Design and Architecture;
    Faculty of Humanities, Department of Anthropology & Development Studies;
    Faculty of Economic and Financial Service, Department of Economics and Econometrics;
    Faculty of Engineering, Manufacturing Research Centre.
  • Tshwane University of Technology
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment: Industrial Design Programme,
  • Michigan State University
    Global Innoversity for MetroFood/Ag

People
Angus Donald Campbell, Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Terence Fenn, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Dr. Naudé Malan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg
Desiree Smal, HOD, Department of Fashion Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Christa van Zyl, Lecturer, Department of Graphic Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Jhono Bennett, Independent Researcher, 1to1 – Agency of Engagement, and Part-time Lecturer, Department of Architecture, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Kyle Graham Brand, Lecturer Industrial Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology
Amira Osman, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Martin Bolton, Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Chris Bradnum, HOD, Department of Industrial Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Mark Edwards, HOD, Multimedia,
Elzabé Meiring, Lecturer, Department of Interior Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Anthony Ambala, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Dr. Peter Baur, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Econometrics, Faculty of Economic and Financial Services, University of Johannesburg
Tracy Murinik, Research & Projects Director, Research Centre – Visual Identities in Art and Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg
Neshane Harvey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Fashion Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg

Bibliography
www.designsocietydevelopment.org/#reading-list

Kind Regards,
Angus Campbell,

www.angusdonaldcampbell.com
Senior Lecturer, Department of Industrial Design, FADA, University of Johannesburg; Co-researcher Izindaba Zokudla: Innovation in the Soweto Food System; & Partner, Global Innoversity for MetroFood/MetroAg

Department of Industrial Design; Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA); University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus, +27 11 559 1390; +27 76 509 3275; acampbell@uj.ac.za ; www.uj.ac.za/industrial
Global Innoversity for MetroFood/MetroAg; http://metroaginnoversity.org/

Izindaba Zokudla (Conversations about Food)