Nick Bell's paper on the work of his Early Lab design practice in the field of youth mental health has been accepted by She Ji the Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation at Tongji University, Shanghai. Publication is expected in May 2018.
Nick spent much of last summer revising the paper first submitted in February 2017 and finished writing the revised paper in March 2018 submitting it last week (20 months after initial invitation). The paper has just been accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed journal.
The paper argues for the benefits that making-led participatory co-design can bring to two fields where its use is rare: early-stage innovation and mental health. Nick draws evidence from his situated cooperation with service users and providers of a regional UK mental health trust.
The She Ji special issue, his paper will appear in, will be edited by Ezio Manzini whom he partnered with on Manzini's Cultures of Resilience (CoR) meta-project at UAL while they were both UAL Chair Professors. Nick's paper connects with the theme discussed at the CoR seminar at Central Saint Martins on 1 July 2015: how art and design is collaborating to rebuild communities-in-place. Of the 13 UAL speakers at that seminar, Nick is one of five to contribute papers to She Ji.
We will post an update to confirm publication when it happens and provide a link to the paper.
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