I had the chance to hold a short presentation at this years DHCH conference in Rome. I was asked by my lab if I want to talk about prototypes and prototyping, because this year’s conference subject was “Digital Methods”. Abstract and full text can be found here: From methods to practice.

Rome was hot. We had a stable 30-35C during the day without wind and trapped in a busy city. Compared to my hometown that was a good 10C hotter then I grew up with. There was also a lot of socialising going on. That takes energy but I had a good time, probably even making new friends, late night in the streets.

I’m not sure that my presentation worked that well. I had too much in there, maybe also asked too much from the participants. A conference-fatigue set in that afternoon and people were looking towards the wrap-up. Not having much feedback on my presentation left me a bit struggling afterwards, overthinking and doubting an academic career. A good talk with a friend helped a lot in that regard, dissecting what went wrong and where there was some value.

I learned a lot in the preparation for this talk. Things that I will have to chew on for the coming month as well. There is much value in analysing things from a non-human point of view. But then again I’d rather go with Jane Bennet and not with Latour on that one.

Two papers that I went through and found them deeply interesting were about prototypes as epistemic objects (Asante-Agyei, Manfredi, and Erickson 2022), and prototypes and design semiosis (Bofylatos and Spyrou 2017).

What I regret is not taking enough notes during other people’s presentations. I generally have to up my note taking game. Reading and presentations. I have the feeling that I rely too much on my brain to soak it up. It works well, but there are always bits and piece that get lost, which is sad. I guess I have to see note-taking as an important step in working through material and follow this process, and not just something people do for it’s own sake.


When in Rome… photograph pines.


Asante-Agyei, Charis, Louise Manfredi, and Ingrid Erickson. 2022. “Unfolding the Future: Prototypes as Epistemic Objects in Innovation and Collaboration Work,” February.

Bofylatos, Spyros, and Thomas Spyrou. 2017. “Meaning, Knowledge and Artifacts, Giving a Voice to Tacit Knowledge.” The Design Journal 20 (sup1): S4422–S4433. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352938.