Stories in a beespoon:exploring future folklore through design

Maxwell, Deborah and Edwards, Liz and Pillatt, Toby and Downing, Niamh (2016) Stories in a beespoon:exploring future folklore through design. In: Proceedings of Design Research Society Conference 2016. Proceedings of DRS 2016, 9 . Design Research Society, GBR, pp. 3485-3502.

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This paper explores the role and potential for design as process, artefact and experience to help frame and address societal problems. We consider this through examining a future folklore dialogical object, designed to stimulate conversation and question assumptions. Beekeeping is a particularly rich context with which to adopt this methodological approach, given the significance of global threats to insect pollination aligned with beekeeping’s extensive cultural heritage. By drawing on past narratives and contemporary knowledge and practices, the Beespoon, a small copper spoon representing the amount of honey a single bee can make, was codesigned as an experience that actively engaged people with concepts of work, value and pollination. Our design process oscillated across past, present and future stories – the Beespoon as future folklore artefact and experience reflects this complexity, operating across time and value systems to provide new ways to think about how we perceive and understand bees.

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