Broadley C, Champion K & McHattie L (2017) Materiality Matters: Exploring the use of design tools in innovation workshops with the craft and creative sector in the Northern Isles of Scotland. 12th European Academy of Design Conference, Rome, Italy, 12.04.2017-14.04.2017. The Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S550-S565. http://www.designfornext.org/; https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1353003
Abstract This paper presents initial reflections regarding the use of bespoke design tools within a series of innovation workshops carried out with practitioners and stakeholders active in the craft and creative industry sector in the Scottish Islands of Orkney and Shetland. We argue that by emphasising such bespoke material tools located in and inspired by the local landscape, history and culture, we encouraged engagement, provided space for innovation and enabled creative collectives in their goal of enhancing and sustaining the creative economy in rural geographies.