Rules of Thumb: An Experiment in Contextual Transposition

Damon Taylor, Monika Büscher, Lesley Murray, Chris Speed, Theodore Zamenopoulos

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Research Society 2016 50th Anniversary Conference
Place of PublicationLoughborough University, London
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2016
EventProceedings of the Design Research Society 2016 50th Anniversary Conference - University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016
Duration: 27 Jun 2016 → …

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2398-3132


ConferenceProceedings of the Design Research Society 2016 50th Anniversary Conference
Period27/06/16 → …

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  • mobilities
  • social futures
  • design
  • contextual transposition


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