Design as conversation with digital materials

DEARDEN, Andy (2006). Design as conversation with digital materials. Design studies, 27 (3), 399-421.

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    Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.destud.2005.11.004


    This paper explores Donald Schön's concept of design as a conversation with materials, in the context of designing digital systems. It proposes material utterance as a central event in designing. A material utterance is a situated communication act that depends on the particularities of speaker, audience, material and genre.

    The paper argues that, if digital designing differs from other forms of designing, then accounts for such differences must be sought by understanding the material properties of digital systems and the genres of practice that surround their use. Perspectives from human-computer interaction (HCI) and the psychology of programming are used to examine how such an understanding might be constructed.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright © Elsevier B.V.
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
    Identification Number: 10.1016/j.destud.2005.11.004
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2008
    Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 16:31

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