Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Building for each other, and building together

Tonight and tomorrow night Jill Eisen interviews architect Christopher Alexander on CBC Radio One's Ideas.

Of related interest is Lingua Francas for Design: Sacred Places and Pattern Languages by Thomas Erickson.

A central challenge in interaction design has to do with its diversity. Designers, engineers, managers, marketers, researchers and users all have important contributions to make to the design process. But at the same time they lack shared concepts, experiences and perspectives. How is the process of design-which requires communication, negotiation and compromise-to effectively proceed in the absence of a common ground? I argue that an important role for the interaction designer is to help stakeholders in the design process to construct a lingua franca.

Not unlike the ethnographer designer representing many voices ...

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