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Designerly ways of knowing: design discipline versus design science

Cross, Nigel (2001). Designerly ways of knowing: design discipline versus design science. Design Issues, 17(3) pp. 49–55.

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The paper begins with a brief review of the historical concerns with the relationship between design and science, and seeks to clarify three different interpretations of this concern: (a) scientific design, (b) design science, and (c) a science of design. The paper then develops the view of 'design as a discipline', based upon a science of design. This discipline seeks to develop domain-independent approaches to theory and research in design. The underlying axiom of this discipline is that there are forms of knowledge peculiar to the awareness and ability of a designer, independent of the professional domain of design practice. The final part of the paper suggests the ways in which this discipline of design, and the understanding of designerly ways of knowing, is pursued through design research.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0747-9360
Extra Information: Design Issues is a MIT design journal and MIT holds the copyright.
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 3281
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:22
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