Toward a Theory for the Design of Human Technologies

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Design is increasingly becoming a part of the university curriculum and research agenda. A theory about the pro-cess and practice of design might be important to establish design as a main subject at universities. We believe it is in the interest of many design communities – not least the Participatory Design (PD) community – to engage in theorizing design, on the basis of our understanding of design and design practices. This theory could be positioned as an alternative to other attempts to theorize design, for example the influential efforts of the Information Systems (IS) community. We urge the PD community to engage in collective theory building, and we present a framework intended to support our shared reflections on the design of human technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOzCHI '14 Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures : the Future of Design
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2 Dec 2014
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0653-9
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2014
EventOzCHI2014: Designing Futures: The Future of Design - The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20145 Dec 2014


LocationThe University of Technology
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  • framework
  • epistemology
  • theory
  • Design

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