Date of Award

2014

Embargo Period

3-2-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Design (MDes)

Department

Design

Advisor(s)

Cameron Tonkinwise

Abstract

Designers study human behavior in order to create products and services that respond to human needs. However design also works to support the emergence of different ways of living, beyond the needs or desires uncovered with more traditional human centered design research approaches. This project takes an approach to understanding human behavior that is relatively unexplored in the field of design. Using social practices I explored new ways for designers to model human behavior. I extended the use of social practice models into the space of service design, exploring a new kind of tool and approach to help designers create services that develop and support social practices. I used Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) —a system where community members buy shares from a group of local farmers in exchange for weekly produce—as a case study for testing these new approaches.

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