What is design knowledge?

Speaker:  Kristina Höök – Stockholm, Sweden
Topic(s):  Architecture, Embedded Systems and Electronics, Robotics


Research through design (RtD) aims at bringing out design knowledge in different forms: both the ultimate particulars (specific designs used in specific contexts) as well as more generic design knowledge. But what is that ”generic design knowledge” - what forms can it take? I will discuss two forms of intermediate design knowledge: Strong Concepts and Experiential Qualities. 

A Strong Concept describes both a part of an interface as well as the user behavior it generates. When thrown into a brainstorming, it serves a generative role, helping designers to see possible alternative design concepts. Examples of such Strong Concepts include social navigation or seamfulness. 

An Experiential Quality characterizes an interactive experience – how an interaction feels, how it is experienced in use. An experiential quality is typically articulated and communicated by means of a relatively brief characterization in words and a relatively rich body of examples highlighting the intended experiential quality in play through reports of interaction scenarios.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  30
Duration:  45 minutes
Languages Available:  English, Swedish
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