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Design Defined

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A new, cross-disciplinary definition clarifying what makes design something recognizable any time it is happening or has happened.

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Design Defined

  1. 1. Design Defined
  2. 2. “Design” is something that has a result. The result is not called “object”, “solution”, “product”, or any of numerous “deliverables”. The result of design is called “designed”. Design is the deliberate intention of a form’s arrangement.
  3. 3. Design is the deliberate intention of a form’s arrangement. • Deliberate: thoughtful • Intention: premeditated outcome • Form: distinguished singular item • Arrangement: distribution of the positions and relations of known elements of the form The scope of “a Design” is a function, not a discipline
  4. 4. Design is the deliberate intention of a form’s arrangement. • Deliberate: thoughtful • Thoughtful is attentive • Attentive is actively engaged Deliberate
  5. 5. Design is the deliberate intention of a form’s arrangement. • Intention: premeditated outcome • Premeditated is desired • Outcome is an effect Intention
  6. 6. Design is the deliberate intention of a form’s arrangement. • Form: distinguished singular item • Distinguished is defined • Singular is individual Form
  7. 7. Design is the deliberate intention of a form’s arrangement. • Arrangement: distribution of the positions and relations of known elements of the form • Distribution is location • Elements are properties Arrangement
  8. 8. The scope of a design is a function “Design is the deliberate intention of a form’s arrangement.” • A function is a method of processing • The effect of a method is a targeted type of value • Value is the significance of a distinction made in a context • A value is the goal of design • A goal exists whether or not it is achieved
  9. 9. Graphics Cuisine TheaterArchitecture Machinery A domain uses and combines methods from within the design discipline, to create the domain-specific form of design practice (i.e., function) that it needs. Methods are shareable across domains. The formality of design is prescribed within a domain ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  10. 10. Archestra notebooks compile and organize decades of in-the-field and ongoing empirical findings. All presented findings are derived exclusively from original research. Archestra notebooks carry no prescriptive warranty. As ongoing research, all notebooks are subject to change at any time. ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research www.archestra.com mryder@archestra.com Archestra research is done from the perspective of strategy and architecture. With all subject matter and topics, the purpose of the notes is analytic, primarily to: * explore, expose and model why things are included, excluded, or can happen in given ways and/or to certain effects. * comment on, and navigate between, motives and potentials that predetermine Decisions about, and shapings of, the observed activity.

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