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– a Design Research Reader by the Swiss Design Network, published by and available at Triest Verlag


The essays collected in this volume explore a broad number of approaches to design research: Historical, critical perspectives on design and design research, overviews
of the social conditions of design and the theories and instruments of co-design, investigations of design research practices, examples of concrete projects and developments, and connecting the material and digital worlds. Unfrozen encompasses a selection of research projects that were presented at the SDN Design Research Summit 2016 with the same name.

Table of Contents

Arne Scheuermann


Heat Wave

Ruth Baumeister

Heated Debates: Petit-Suisse versus Grand Danois

Releasing the Past

Ludwig Zeller

The B1/B2 Manifesto: Refining Dichotomies inPost-utopian Design Research

Grace Lees-Maffei

Not Mere Messengers or Window Dressers:Understanding Social Contexts for Graphic Design

Anna Calvera

Local Histories: On the Hypothesis of the ThreeOrigins of Design

Minou Afzali

CommuniCare: Communication Design in CulturallySensitive Nursing Homes

Marie Heidingsfelder, Martin Kim Luge, Kora Kimpel, Martina Schraudner

Shaping the Future: Co-designing Future Technologies

Subglacial Lake

Joshua McVeigh-Schultz

Designing Speculative Rituals and other TangibleImaginaries

Daniela Peukert, Andrea Augsten

Reflecting on the Roles and Skill Sets of Designersand Design Researchers

Matina Kousidi, Joanna Pierce, Eva Sopeoglou

We are Never Naked: Insulation as a Performing Surface

Reshaping the Landscape

Lisa Elzey Mercer

Riding Shotgun in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Venanzio Arquilla, Annalisa Barbieri

Empowering Locals through Service Design and SocialInnovation: The MakeinProgress Case Study

Bianca Herlo, Andreas Unteidig, Gesche Joost

Community Now?

Tomás García Ferrari

Design Futures: The Role of Design in a Software Society

Cracking the Surface

Isabel Rosa Müggler Zumstein, Tina Tomovic

Chromatic Light-emitting Textiles: Pioneers of Metamorphic Appearance

Christiane Luible, Caecilia Charbonnier

Fashioning Movement: A New Approach to Fashion Design

Andrea Weber Marin, Françoise Adler

The Multidisciplinary Research Project DAFAT: A Design-driven Technology Development

Tina Moor, Andrea Weber Marin, Daniel Wehrli

Stoffwechsel—TexLining: Textile Insulating Solutions forArchitectural Renovation

Inheriting the Future

Ruedi Baur, Ulrike Felsing

Visual Translations: Typography and Information Design for Intercultural Communication