Designers often refer to the practise of design as being intrinsically chaotic, unstructured, iterative, and unpredictable (Conklin, 2006; Dorst, 2006). This is understandable, bearing in mind that design typically deals with invention and the unknown. However, when the act of designing is approached with an understanding that developing a response to a design situation is intimately connected with the success of the design outcome, a strategy for its creation holds significance (Rittel, 1972a). This is because the subject matter for design, created by the designer, is embedded in what is particular. In this paper I focus on two of Dewey’s key texts, Essays in experimental logic (Dewey, 1916) and Logic, the theory of inquiry (Dewey, 1938). I argue that these texts provide a basis for understanding the significance of design strategy, worthy of careful consideration. I discuss the value of the two texts with regard to other key figures in design literature to give context to the contribution Dewey’s work offers design.
|Keywords:||Design, Inquiry, Judgment, Practice, Strategy, Theory|
Interaction Designer, Applications Domain, User Experience Design Team, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, Nozay, Ile de France, France
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