Framing complexity, design and experience: A reflective analysis

Peer reviewed: 
Yes, item is peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Faculty/Staff
Final version published as: 

Wakkary, Ron. (2005). Framing complexity, design and experience: A reflective analysis. Digital Creativity - DIGIT CREAT, 16(2), 65-78. doi:10.1080/14626260500173013

Date created: 
2005
Keywords: 
Complexity
Design methods
Design theory
Interaction design
Reflective practice
Abstract: 

The paper discusses theory and practice in the roles of refl ective practice and contextual design in addressing issues of complexity in design. The author defi nes a new understanding of the role of complexity in design. The paper reviews theories in design and HCI related to refl ective practice, context, and embodied interaction. A case story of practice in interaction design and museums is presented as a practicebased investigation of the complex. The paper calls for the framing of larger research agendas in this area with the need to further work on issues of context, refl ective practice, embodiment and human activity in order to provide a more comprehensive and integral view of design activity. The paper concludes with the need to reframe concerns in design in order to emphasise situated participation, non-rational design strategies, in situ design and a re-orientation in focus from tasks to experience.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Article
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Copyright remains with the authors.
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Sponsor(s): 
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Canarie Inc.
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