Material Semiotics of Form Giving: The Case of the Electric Turkish Coffee Pot

The article discusses material semiotics as a valuable framework for the analysis of design processes, and focuses on form giving practices. For this purpose, the design processes of electric Turkish coffee pots are studied through interviews and document analyses. It is argued that neither form giving nor product form can be considered to be singular or stable throughout a design process, and that semantic and material relations that are built and maintained around the product form need to be traced for a fuller understanding.


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The literature on social design consists of studies that report on single cases on the one hand and global reviews that are offered for theoretical purposes on the other. There is a lack of local reviews that report on social design practices that stem from peculiar political, economic, design professional and educational contexts. In response to this gap, we provide a review of 27 social design practices in Turkey from the last decade. The projects are compiled in accordance with social design criteria der...
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Experience Reflection Modelling (ERM): a reflective medium encouraging dialogue between users and design students
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Experience reflection modelling (ERM) as a design research method emerges out of participatory and generative research approaches. It includes tools and techniques that are put together strategically to enable the involvement of people in the early stages of the design process, connecting students and people by creating an effective medium for the knowledge transfer. In design education, ERM focuses on bridging the gap between the early stages of the design process and idea generation by providing students ...
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H. Kaygan, “Material Semiotics of Form Giving: The Case of the Electric Turkish Coffee Pot,” DESIGN ISSUES, pp. 78–90, 2016, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: