The Reframing Information Architecture book is finally available. See the work from some of the most reflective IA practitioners in the game.Read More
Thomas gives an overview of assumptions that experience designers tend to make about the world, resulting from old models of cognition and being-in-the-world.Read More
Looking at strategy from a different angle. As opposed to an upfront approach that assumes a linear progression, Thomas argues for an embodied perspective.Read More
Thomas explores multiple angles on the question of designer intention and its importance in the design process. Does intention matter? Is it all that matters? How do designers instantiate their intent when the possibilities for use are infinite?Read More
Cameron Tonkinwise gives a talk on the necessary contradictions within lean design, citing some examples around waste, sustainability, and speed.
Toward the end of the talk, he defends design theory as a necessary means of packaging theoretical models to be transported into practice. If I understand him correctly, Cameron asserts that theory functions to create design patterns and principles that practitioners can use across many contexts. I must admit, this type of compartmentalizing of theory and practice is a little disconcerting. I'm not convinced that theoreticians can effectively spend their time observing and creating frameworks, while practitioners execute on these frameworks.
I think we need to leave some room for overlap. Practitioners (the good ones, anyway) are constantly reflecting and theorizing on their practice, and theorists (the good ones, anyway) will have some connections to the practical world in order to see their theories in use. While this is certainly not a new conversation, it's worth remembering. The line between design theory and practice isn't as bold as we sometimes think.
Just a quick piece on the role of critical thinking and 'soft sciences' in the age of 'unicorns.' Future posts will go further in thinking about the unicorn phenomenon through design history and craft.Read More