Reflections on designing in the wild: How theories of design information manifest in practice

Nicole B. Damen, Christine A. Toh

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Abstract

Information acquisition, utilization and communication are integral to the design process, but systematic investigation of information behavior is complicated by its variety and the ways in which designers engage with information throughout the design process. Our previous work developed a theoretical framework to categorize the various types of information used during the design process, known as the Information Archetypes Framework. This paper explores how these information dimensions manifest in design practice, as reflected on by experienced practicing designers. Deep qualitative analysis of eight interviews with practicing designers revealed that the designers intentionally adapt their behavior to match situation specific needs, and navigate the tensions between information dimensions through trajectories and loops.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication33rd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM)
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791885420
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event33rd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, DTM 2021, Held as Part of the ASME 2021 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 17 2021Aug 19 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume6

Conference

Conference33rd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, DTM 2021, Held as Part of the ASME 2021 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/17/218/19/21

Keywords

  • Design information
  • Design practice
  • Dimension shifting
  • Metacognition
  • Reflective practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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