Author: Thomas Binder
Thomas Binder is an associate professor at The Danish Design School.
Thomas Binder's research is about understanding how design processes generate new knowledge, and how an emphasis on knowledge building and learning can connect the designer's classic design skills with more open design processes based on dialogue with users, for example in the fields of service design, strategic development and change processes.
Together with others, Thomas Binder has worked with so-called design laboratories, where designers and non-designers collaborate on ‘rehearsing the future' at the intersection between the known and the unknown.
Through workshops and other activities where designers and the stakeholders co-create future-oriented experiments, a learning zone is established in which the possible becomes within reach. For this learning zone Thomas Binder has developed methods and approaches for collaborative inquiries such as a documentary video that serves as design material, design games, and scenario and prototyping methods based on improvisation.
Design laboratories have been used in the project DAIM (Design-Anthropological Innovation Model), where citizens and waste management professionals have worked closely together to define new recycling systems and new roles for refuse collectors, building superintendents and others. Imagined future scenarios played out by the stakeholders were important means in redefining, for example, refuse collectors from being seen exclusively as ‘garbage disposal workers' to being seen as the industry's ‘street level representatives' with close relations to the citizens and responsibility for essential communication between the city administration and the citizens.
Thomas Binder teaches in the Ph.D. programme and in the general design programme within the fields of user-driven innovation, open design processes and design as a method.
Thomas Binder has an M.Sc. in engineering (1987) and a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies (1993) from the Technical University of Denmark.
Publication period start: 2000
Publication period end: 2004
Number of co-authors: 18
Number of publications with favourite co-authors
- Ina Wagner
- Nina Wetcke
- Tomas Sokoler
Most productive colleagues in number of publications
- Giulio Jacucci
- Ina Wagner
- John Zimmerman
Supporting configurability in a mixed-media environment for design students.
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing,
The Personal Bucket Organizer: Supporting Spatially Distributed Interaction on a Waste Wat.
Proceedings of the First Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Reflecting on Design Practice: Exploring Video Documentary of Designers in Action.
Proceedings of DIS00: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques
Space and Virtuality Studio: A Participatory Design Lab.
Proceedings of IFIP INTERACT03: Human-Computer Interaction
Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference
Beyond the Control Room: Mobile Devices for Spatially Distributed Interaction on Industria.
Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing - Second International Symposium - HUC 2000