A Writing Typology for Designers

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Madison Sabatelli
Series: DESIGN
Institution: The Ohio State University, United States of America
Section: Human Behaviour and Design Creativity
Page(s): 941-950
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.96
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


While design is often thought of as a visual field defined by renderings, models, and sketches, the use of writing can be just as pertinent and necessary. This paper presents seven writing types used by students uncovered during an ethnographic study of three interdisciplinary design studios. By reflecting on a compilation of writing practices, this study presents the modes in which we communicate design textually while reconsidering the possibility for new ones that incorporate interdisciplinary values and verbiage.

Keywords: design writing, ethnography, design typology, design tools, design education

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