after reading the Wikipedia entry* on design methods
The way in which artificial things are given form. Also changing this so as to take account of the effects upon customers, users and all who enjoy the benefits, or suffer the ill-effects, of industrial living.
Each person who takes part in designing should be able to combine intuition with rationality. And each should be aware of, and able to influence, the collective design process. Without these ingredients excellence is unlikely.
The term 'design methods' began as the name of a conference of designers and others in 1962. Since then the academic study of design processes has grown enormously but the effects upon the quality of industrial living have not been great. Design processes have expanded so that more people can influence them, and take part, but so far this has been within the limitations of specialist knowledge and the skills of existing design professions.
Traffic congestion, air pollution, world poverty and a host of such unsolved problems are greater, not less, than they were before. The population has grown greatly but the quality of industrial living is worse for many people.
To remedy all this, the way artificial things take form may have to become a public responsibility in an expanded design process ('creative democracy') that is sensitive to the thoughts and the experiences of everyone and is under the imaginative control of each one of us. Difficult as this may seem, there is much in the literature on design methods that can help to make it possible.
I am surprised that what i wrote is more political than technical. I would like to see how others might describe design methods in no more than 250 words - the results might be informative, and perhaps controversial?
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