On transforming transition design

From promise to practice


  • Ingrid MULDER Delft University of Technology
  • Maaike VAN SELM Delft University of Technology




Design methods, persistent problems, sustainability transitions, systemic change, transition design


We are living in transitional times. Much has been under debate on the need to change and to cope with societal transitions, less emphasis, however, is devoted on how to do so. Therefore, one of the primary questions in Transition Design is how to design for sustainable transitions? The current work aims to evaluate ‘transition design studies’ by analysing and evaluating the current available practice of transition design in order to contribute to the field in two ways: first, by maturing through evaluation, and second, by identifying points of further research. Our findings show that three phases can be distinguished within transition design processes: Design research to understand past, present, and to envision the future; Designing interventions to create the right thing, at the right place, at the right time, and Design practice for transition that accumulate the design interventions in order to drive societal transitions.




How to Cite

MULDER , I., & VAN SELM , M. . (2019). On transforming transition design: From promise to practice. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management , 2(1), 329–339. https://doi.org/10.33114/adim.2019.03.323