Care as Design Practice

Peter Jones Design for Care

Simplifying a complex set of concepts into a central image. We might conceive a core value of caring as ontological, a mode of existence that human-centred practices may share with medicine, nursing, counseling, social work. This way of being might be central to design as service to society, humanity, and direct clients and stakeholders.


And we might recognize that every level of structure endorses care differently. The outcomes of care for persons, as practice, as an organization, or the functions of what we believe to be system level are not coordinated by language or method. Whereas the theory of the (20th century) firm was driven by returns on assets and knowledge that required strategic alignment to achieve cycles of returns – perhaps a 21st century model of organizing for ecologies of care might align these levels of structure to a values of care – including financial sustainability – as a form of care coordination. Care as goal and as method becomes a design practice, involving whole persons in systems of related concerns resolved by interactive human-centred systems of engagement and service.