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Rules of thumb: An experiment in contextual transposition

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  • Damon Taylor
  • Monika Buscher
  • Lesley Murray
  • Chris Speed
  • Theodore Zamenopoulos
Publication date27/06/2016
Host publicationProceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2016: 50th Anniversary Conference, 27-30th June 2016, Brighton
EditorsPeter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
Place of PublicationBrighton
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages16
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameDesign Research Society Conference Proceedings 2016
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISSN (Print)2398-3132


This paper describes an experiment in ‘contextual transposition’, a mobile, inventive method developed from conversations between the authors during an interdisciplinary research ‘sprint’, where our interests in alternative mobilities and ‘designing’ socially just futures generated productive creative friction. The idea of ‘hitching a ride’ in automobility systems was mobilised and we embarked on a journey of ‘contextual transposition’. Could one hitchhike in other contexts? To explore this question, we designed an experiment. In this paper we describe it and discuss how we have used contextual transposition as a method for design research.