Reflections on the Epistemology of Design: A Simondonian Analysis

Marta Gasparin*

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In this paper, I investigate what constitutes a design object and the process of creating it, using a Simondonian perspective. This perspective allows to reflect on how a design emerges, its epistemological, axiomatic, and reflective processes. I will use Simondon’s theory on the mode of existence of technical objects to study design theories. This paper rethinks design as central in contemporary human sciences to propose a trans-disciplinary dialogue between design studies and philosophy, reflecting on the generation of knowledge in design. In this trans-disciplinary dialogue, I will analyse design as the outcome of a process that is innovative, emergent, fragile, existing in potentia until its boundaries are closed. I will contribute to design studies by demonstrating that the design’s materiality is fluid and variates, that it changes until it is closed in the final product. Objects are formed at a certain moment, but their technicity and materiality precede and go beyond them. They do not exist as predetermined, multifaceted matter but as of the outcome of their variation and continuity, captured in the evolving form. In fact, until the form is closed, definite, the design is perpetually in assemblage.
TidsskriftReflective Practice
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)822-833
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • Design studies
  • Design object
  • Design process
  • Technical objects
  • Epistemology of design
  • Simondon