Artefact specification, design, and production as a process of communication

Per Galle

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Volume III
    Place of PublicationWindsor
    PublisherThe International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics
    Publication date1999
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    EventInterSymp'99 - Baden-Baden
    Duration: 1 Jan 1999 → …


    Period01/01/1999 → …

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