Re-articulating prevailing notions of design

About designing in the absence of sight and other alternative design realities

Authored by: Ann Heylighen , Greg Nijs

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415706070
eBook ISBN: 9781315758466
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636250


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Key to design ability is said to be a characteristic form of cognition, generally described as ‘visual thinking’: designers are particularly visually aware and sensitive, and use models and codes that heavily rely on graphic images. In designing architecture, for instance, the visual seems so important that architecture students are characterised as “the vis kids of architecture” (Goldschmidt 1994: 158). Even authors who argue that this visual mode of thinking in design is a philosophical construct that can be dispensed with acknowledge that this does not undermine the significance of the visual dimension (Moore 2003).

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