Interview with Hilary Cottam

Mark Vanderbeeken of Experientia talks with Hilary Cottam about her work at the UK Design Council, her new firm, Participle and her approach to navigating bureaucracies. The interview is posted over at World Design Capital.

Transformation design is a kind of catch-all for a very interdisciplinary way of working, because the projects and work we do could not be done by designers alone. We always have at least 3, usually 5 different disciplines in our team, of whom one or two members may have been trained as designers.

I am not a traditionally trained designer and I have no particular interest in it being called ‘design’. Having said that, there are some things that are particularly important about design that no other discipline brings, so I think that design is a critical part of the mix, but it is not the only thing.

Also, here’s the RED paper on co-creation [PDF 4.9MB] she mentions in the interview.




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