The co-operative process of specifying, designing, and producing an artefact is analysed in terms of communication among the agents involved. By way of introduction, I offer a brief analysis of communication in general, outlining conditions for its success, while avoiding simplistic assumptions about communication as literal ‘transmission’ or ‘sharing’ of ideas. It is then explained how the initial artefact specification, the design representation, and ultimately the artefact itself can all be seen as symbolic expressions of ideas that are communicated, and it is shown how the conditions for the success of communication carry over to the artefact production process. The purpose of the analysis is to provide a conceptual background for the study of various aspects of artefact production, such as design, or the development of computer-based tools for collaborative design, product modelling, or decision-support.
|Title of host publication||Advances in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Volume III|
|Place of Publication||Windsor|
|Publisher||The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Event||InterSymp'99 - Baden-Baden|
Duration: 1 Jan 1999 → …
|Period||01/01/1999 → …|