Friday, September 11, 2009

Some thought questions for Sept 16

Craig talked about content analyses of process as one way to study and understand design. This week we have 2 studies (Atman et al, Mosborg et al) - one uses verbal protocol analysis to understand what designers do and how this relates to the quality of their final designs, the other explores the ways practicing professional designers think about design processes (one of the tasks should look very familiar!). The third paper is a meta-analysis around "good design".

Some questions to get you thinking:
What can you learn through studying design processes?
What are some relationships between "good process" and "good final product"? How do these ideas relate to your perceptions of what distinguishes more novice and more expert designers?

In class I'll bring some of the "hard data" from these studies for us to push on these ideas :)

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