Represented (designer\'s) Model

13 Mar 2009 - 7:13pm
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Dave Wood
2009

Hi,

I am currently engaged in doctorate research enquiring deeper into
what Alan Cooper et al describe as 'represented models', and what
Don Norman describes as a 'designer's model' for a PhD practical
project.

Could the community suggest some seminal books, journal articles and
papers I should read? I have read 'About Face 3' and 'Design of
Everyday Things'.

Keywords I suggest would be: represented models, designer's models,
design models, conceptual models, user's mental models, user's
models, system images.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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15 Mar 2009 - 2:20pm
Alan James Salmoni
2008

There is lots of research on this. I would start with a nice little
paper by my own supervisor, Stephen Payne:

Payne, S. J. (1991) A descriptive study of mental models. Behaviour
and Information Technology, 10 (1),3-21

Plus he has a chapter in the book HCI Models, Theories, and
Frameworks by John Carroll (might be worth reading the rest of this)
called "Mental models: the very ideas"

You could go back further and read the seminal works too. Two books
were published in 1984, one by Johnson-Laird and the other by Gentner
and Stevens both titled, "Mental Models" as you're doing doctoral
research. There are more concise summaries that may tell you all you
need to know but it is better to go to the primary source if you
can.

I understand that someone else recently published a book under the
same title/

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15 Mar 2009 - 2:43pm
Dave Wood
2009

Thanks Alan, that is very helpful.

Also thanks to Vicky Teinaki via email for the link
http://www.dubberly.com/articles/how-do-you-design.html

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16 Mar 2009 - 12:52pm
ambroselittle
2008

Not sure if anyone pointed you to it, but Indi Young published a book
entitled Mental Models
<http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/mental-models/>last year. I
don't know if it's quite the same thing you're looking into,
but the name sparked my memory.

-a

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