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Is this co-design?

Hello hello. While hibernating over the holidays, this community gained a couple new faces. Welcome!
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Is this co-design?
By Tyler Gindraux • Issue #19 • View online
Hello hello. While hibernating over the holidays, this community gained a couple new faces. Welcome!

Text: This week
Text: This week
This past week, I was in a meeting with many people across many disciplines. We came together to talk about research. And, without going into any specifics, we landed on the topic of “is this co-design or…?”
I’m sure quite a few of you have heard this question many, many times. As you can imagine, I hear it quite a lot writing this newsletter (and being a user researcher). Ironically, I’ve realized that my inclination is usually to say, “well, not quite.”
As far as participation goes, co-design is pretty far up the ladder. To borrow from Kelly Ann McKercher, “If you don’t have time to build relationships, you don’t have time for co-design.” I so often come back to this idea, are we building relationships or are we including people for a moment in time. When I’m doing research, whether peer- or practitioner-led, I imagine we’re moving up the ladder, but are we close to the top?
My point being, it’s a spectrum. And when we talk about participation, we use a lot of jargon (as Nandini shows, in just 105 characters). So, as we reconvene and we start a brand new year, I thought why not reflect on what we mean by the co-word. Join me?
nandini nair
Does co-design = participatory design?
Or, is co-design a type of participatory design?
Which came first?
Loose ends | Check in with your mental health, donate to a food bank in the UK, or the US, (or wherever makes sense for you). Two things I’m excited about: this event and this magazine.
Text: "Participatory experience is not simply a method or set of methodologies, it is a mindset and an attitude about people. It is the belief that all people have something to offer to the design process." Liz Sanders
Text: "Participatory experience is not simply a method or set of methodologies, it is a mindset and an attitude about people. It is the belief that all people have something to offer to the design process." Liz Sanders
Thanks
I’ve been searching for ways to get back to how enjoyable (read: manageable) I found this newsletter when it first started. Like everything, I’m sure what that looks like will change over time. For now, I’m going to move to a monthly basis instead of weekly. You all probably need a break too, right?
In the meantime, my inbox is always open! Too-da-loo.
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This monthly newsletter is curated by Tyler Gindraux, a researcher and service designer based in London and Cape Town.

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