RE:Definitions of use

Redström, Johan (2008) RE:Definitions of use. Design Studies, 29 (4). pp. 410-423.

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What does it mean to use something from a design point of view? As an alternative to role-based accounts of designers and users, this paper presents an act-based account that centres on what it is we do rather than who we are. More specifically, the paper analyses relations between design and use with focus on how open a design (process) is with respect to definitions of use through use; from well-defined influence from specific user tests on design decisions, via extensive user participation in the design process, to open-ended design processes that extends into what we otherwise understand as use. Thus, it transforms the relation between design and use into a question not of who, but of how.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:design processes; design theory; philosophy of design; user-centred design; user participation
ID Code:3543
Deposited By:Johan Redström
Deposited On:03 Feb 2009
Last Modified:14 Nov 2013 14:47

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