On the content of design problems

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    To see designing as a rational problem solving activity has been the predominant understanding in design methodology literature. However, in a recent paper Dorst proposes seeing designing as a discursive activity, where a design problem is a paradoxical problem situation consisting of conflicting discourses, and where the designer has to create a solution that transcends or connects the discourses. The authors see Dorst’s proposal as a valuable framework to build upon. We see a challenge to combine Dorst’s framework with existing concepts and methods in order to develop a new, operational and teachable description of design problems. The result should be a productive contribution to designers working in industrial practice and to the teaching in this area.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign 2008
    EditorsLembit Roosimölder
    Number of pages391
    Place of PublicationTallinn, Estonia
    PublisherDepartment of Machinery, Tallinn University of Technology
    Publication date2008
    ISBN (Print)99-85-59840-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventNordDesign 2008: 7th international NordDesign conference - Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
    Duration: 21 Aug 200823 Aug 2008
    Conference number: 7


    ConferenceNordDesign 2008
    LocationTallinn University of Technology


    • Design paradox
    • Task
    • Design strategy
    • Need

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    Hansen, C. T., & Andreasen, M. M. (2008). On the content of design problems. In L. Roosimölder (Ed.), Proceedings of NordDesign 2008 (pp. 110-119). Department of Machinery, Tallinn University of Technology.