I think part of being interested in designing with people is trying to understand what this might look like.
There’s more than one way that participation can show up or be defined. As Sarah Fathallah has said
, “participatory design, in its definition, really depends on who is defining it.”
Some people have helped define these terms, like, Alba Villamil, who said
“Co-design involves shared decision-making power over the creation process while participatory design only implies involvement. So all co-design is participatory but not all participatory design is co-design.”
In this issue, I’ve looked at interesting projects through the lens of what it means to take part. What is the person, who is participating, doing? How might their experience help us understand design?