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Open-Source Empathy: Humans as Dynamic Systems

Human beings are advanced dynamic systems. Each of us interfaces with our emotions differently. Consequently, we interface with each other in desirable and undesirable ways through various access points. My process throughout the development of the case studies shared in this panel, the interaction of others with the projects, and the results of my facilitations reveal patterns in the resistance to interpersonal connection. By considering the parallels between the uncertainty of human connection and the way that dynamic media systems work, I’d like to share my findings on what it means to be human. Toby Bottorf of design and innovation firm, Continuum, proposes that, “one way to aim for more surprising work is to include more disciplines as influences and sources of inspiration.” This panel offers that by using the psychoanalytic technique to objectify one’s subjective experience, designers can better understand themselves, their users, their medium and the ways in which they connect.

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Questions Answered

  1. How are the dynamic media systems that designers and engineers create today similar to the human beings for which they are designed?
  2. Why is borrowing techniques from outside disciplines important to the design process?
  3. How can psychoanalysis be used to make me a better designer?
  4. How can sharing one's vulnerabilities make that person and their community stronger?
  5. What does it mean to connect with someone in the digital age?

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Daniel Buckley Massachusetts College of Art and Design


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