Design Dictionary

2008 Edition
| Editors: Michael Erlhoff, Tim Marshall

Non Intentional Design

  • Uta Brandes
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7643-8140-0_178

Non Intentional Design describes the everyday redesign of designed objects by the user. It does not create a new design, but through use, creates something new or replaces the old.

Non Intentional Design (NID) is a phrase that originated at the end of the 1990s in design (→) research. It describes the everyday, unprofessional (→) redesign of professionally designed objects. NID results when an object is used in a manner different from the prescribed (and therefore restricted) functional intention or when the prescribed application is not honored in the new use. NID is the conversion of norm into ab-norm—everyday, everywhere, and by everyone. NID examines the generation of function and the meaning of objects in and through (→) use. It describes all the applications, processes, treatments, or interventions, great and small, that change people's lives or work environments. People have been using things in ways that were not originally envisaged since they began appropriating objects. This...

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