Designers' Involvement in Designing

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Glock, F.
Section: Multidisciplinary aspects of design
Page(s): 773-778


In the paper designing is conceived as a social, interactive process of interpretation and meaning construction. Sociological concepts are adopted to describe how designers build meaning through routine interpretative practices. Extracts of a recorded design session in practice are taken as data for the analysis presented. The paper investigates a referential practice in design conversation through which designers refer to themselves. Evidences are put forward that designers use the referential practice to express subjective involvement in designing. Designers appear to experience the design space more directly by symbolically displacing themselves and stepping into the ‘object worlds’ to empathize with or taking the role of the objects.

Keywords: design research methodology, design practices, case study


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