The reconfiguration of the historical and cultural conditions of modernity in which design emerged as a field of study and practice demands a renewed approach to discussions about its nature, perspectives and possibilities outside the epistemological discussions that have taken up hundreds of hours of effort and pages of published work by the community of researchers involved. From this perspective, concepts such as “border design” or “new designs” are currently being considered, resulting in an expansion of the universe of design or design as a universe.

Through this approach, we can see how the design imaginary has evolved from the discussions regarding its emerging scientificity during the 1970s, and the need to understand where the nature of its practice lies.

These discussions, frequently addressed by professionals, researchers and theoreticians who do not necessarily come from design, have made it possible to conceive this discipline as an emerging, convergent and divergent...

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