Re: [IxDA] Design is not a “problem-solving technique”

27 Jun 2010 - 11:16pm
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Mike Wean
2009

Design is whatever the designer does.

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On Jun 27, 2010, at 4:37 PM, Toni Taylor wrote:

On Jun 27, 2010, at 11:09 AM, niyasisk wrote:

Thank you for this illuminating for me personally itch scratching discussion.

In 1993 I interviewed Rich Gold at Xerox Parc to feed some research and an article for a Chi paper. Anyway, the first words out of his mouth, "Design is not a problem to be solved."

Given that's how I (we) approached the work at Claris for every UI issue, I was in complete disagreement. He then described that design was more about ubiquitous extension from our bodies to the physical world. And the very concept of 'a problem to be solved' was in fact, surgically removing the natural element of design all around us. The answers are there as we observe people interacting with their world and design from that premise.

Anyway, that conversation has hung in the air one way or another since. And I am happy to see it come up here in this discussion. I especially loved the reference to Schoen because is begs the question 'do we ever solve a problem or do we simply engage new questions and interactive elements, new design with every solution...kind of like life?

Thanks again. This community rocks!

Niya.

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