Curious about how design can be used to bring about transitions in society, I used my second design research project to explore this topic. After analyzing the existing literature, I discovered the Transition Design framework and identified several vital gaps. I focused on finding methods to make the Transition Design approach more actionable and easier to implement.
During the project, I gained a better understanding of the transformational qualities of design and how they are addressed in different frameworks and theories within the design research community. It was an immensely enriching learning experience for me, as I did not have a coach in the DIGSIM squad with theoretical knowledge in this area. Consequently, I had to take a more self-directed and autonomous approach to my design research. This enabled me to develop a better understanding of the ways in which design can be used to create a positive impact in a complex world, which became a guiding principle in my development as a designer.