Design Routes

Design Routes
Envisioning the future of culturally significant designs, products and practices

Design Routes explores the role of design in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices. We aim to determine if and how design can make a meaningful contribution in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices to make them relevant to the needs of people today.

Many culturally significant designs, products and practices can be seen to be out of step with contemporary society and as a result have become marginalised. Increasingly such traditions are being reassessed and revitalised as their rich historical links with community and culture mean they have much to offer in terms of identity, wellbeing and environmental stewardship.

The research focuses on products that are linked to particular places, employ traditional making processes or are embedded in local ways of life. We are exploring the links that people see between products and place - their roots, and the fact that these links change over time - their routes.

Project Team

EvansEvans Martyn Evans Design, Design Management, Design Futures, Design Strategy, Design and Branding, Design Policy, Design Thinking, New Product Development
WalkerWalker Stuart Walker Design for Sustainability ; Design, Values & Spirituality
JungJung Jeyon Jung Design Management, Design Thinking, Service Design, Design for Sustainability, Design & Culture
Amy Twigger Holroyd Amy Twigger Holroyd Research Fellow at the University of Leeds
Tom Cassidy Tom Cassidy Chair of Design at the University of Leeds

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Holroyd, A., Cassidy, T., Evans, M., Gifford, E & Walker, S (2015) Design for Domestication: The Decommercialisation of Traditional Crafts

OutcomeConference Paper

This paper explores the contribution of design to the ‘domestication’ of traditional crafts: the reframing and support of such practices as amateur activities. Informed by twelve examples, six design strategies for the domestication of traditional crafts are identified and discussed. This issue...More information