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EXFORMATION: Reflective Design Course at Kth, Stockholm, Sweden.

antonio-scarponi_kth1EXFORMATION. This is a term coined by the Danish Physics Tor Nørretranders in his book the User Illusion, meaning explicitly discarded information. Originally spelt eksformation in Danish, the word first appeared in English in an article Nørretranders wrote in 1992.

From Wikipedia: “Effective communication depends on a shared body of knowledge between the persons communicating. In using words, sounds and gestures the speaker has deliberately thrown away a huge body of information, though it remains implied. This shared context is called exformation.” The concept of exformation will be used in the course as a design issue. The process of design is a process of in-formation, of form giving. Exformation is everything deliberately discarded by the “designer” in the form giving process. The course will be thus focused on the “discarded information”. Students will have to explore this concept and develop a project with it. More…

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