‘Doing designing’: on the practical analysis of design in practice

Luck, Rachael (2012). ‘Doing designing’: on the practical analysis of design in practice. Design Studies, 33(6) pp. 521–529.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2012.11.002

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...


A strong sense of ‘the social’ underscores the study of design. This can be traced through seminal texts including Bucciarelli’s study of engineers at work (1994), in recognising designers’ reflective practices (Sch€on, 1983; Schon & Wiggins, 1992) and predating this, in the design research founders’ commitment to design’s social intent (Alexander, 1979; Archer, 1984 [1965]; Jones, 1970). This commitment to
progress our understanding of the social nature of design is developed in this special issue ‘Studying Design in Practice’. Here we draw attention to the study of design as it is practiced through the application of the analytic orientation of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, and to the empirical, investigatory matters associated with it.

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