worth reading: "The Nature of Design Practice and Implications for Interaction Design Research"

2 Jun 2008 - 10:18am
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Itamar Medeiros

The focus of this paper is interaction design research aimed at
supporting interaction design practice. The main argument is that this
kind of interaction design research has not (always) been successful,
and that the reason for this is that it has not been guided by a
sufficient understanding of the nature of design practice. Based on a
comparison between the notion of complexity in science and in design,
it is argued that science is not the best place to look for approaches
and methods on how to approach design complexity.

Instead, the case is made that any attempt by interaction design
research to produce outcomes aimed at supporting design practice must
be grounded in a fundamental understanding of the nature of design
practice. Such an understanding can be developed into a well-grounded
and rich set of rigorous and disciplined design methods and
techniques, appropriate to the needs and desires of practicing

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2 Jun 2008 - 1:16pm

Itamar, I'm happy to see you post this article to the list. I'm
curious to know your opinion.

The statement that science is "not the best place to look for
approaches and methods on how to approach design complexity", is
provacative, however practically speaking I don't know what this
means in terms of the future of interaction design/HCI.

My take on this paper is that science is not the *only* place to look
for approaches and methods on design complexity. I am not an academic,
so I don't have years of research backing me up here, but I also
argue that even design is not the only place to look for approaches
to, not just design complexity, but complexity on the interactions of
everyday life - not everything we experience in life can be designed
ahead of time or analyzed to the last detail.

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