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Design

In this discipline: 110,229 papers · 1,480 groups

Discipline summary

Design refers to the formulation of a plan that serves as the basis for constructing an object or system. Although there is no generally accepted definition of the term, the goal is typically to develop the simplest or most elegant solution to a problem. There are many approaches to accomplishing this goal which differ in methodology and guiding principles, but they also usually involve a graphic element or visualization, as aesthetics are often central to the problem. The study of design, as well as the process itself, can be interdisciplinary, as it is informed by economic, social, psychological and other issues.

Popular papers

  1. In the past, design has most often occurred fairly far downstream in the development process and has focused on making new products aesthetically attractive or enhancing brand perception through smart, evocative advertising. Today, as innovation's…
  2. DESIGNERS HAVE TRADI- TIONALLY FOCUSED ON ENHANCING THE LOOK AND FUNCTIONALITY OF PRODUCTS. RECENTLY, THEY HAVE BEGUN USING DESIGN TOOLS TO TACKLE MORE COMPLEX PROBLEMS, SUCH AS FINDING WAYS TO PROVIDE LOW-COST HEALTH CARE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.…
  3. This is the third paper in a series being published in Design Studies, which aims to establish the theoretical bases for treating design as a coherent discipline of study. The first contribution in the series was from Bruce Archer, in the very first…
  4. In this paper, we introduce a general framework for product experience that applies to all affective responses that can be experienced in human-product interaction. Three distinct components or levels of product experiences are discussed: aesthetic…
  5. In this paper, we describe "Experience Prototyping" as a form of prototyping that enables design team members, users and clients to gain first-hand appreciation of existing or future conditions through active engagement with prototypes. We use…
  6. Many of the management tools and techniques used in service businesses were designed to tackle the challenges of product companies. Although they are valuable to service managers, they aren't sufficient for success. In this article, Harvard Business…
  7. Since its initial publication in 1970, Design Methods has been considered the seminal work on design methodology. Written by one of the founders of the design methods movement, it has been highly praised in international journals and has been…
  8. In the past, design has most often occurred fairly far downstream in the development process and has focused on making new products aesthetically attractive or enhancing brand perception through smart, evocative advertising. Today, as innovation's…

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