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Re: Design: Dismay and delight

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marcio rocha <[log in to unmask]>

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PhD-Design - This list is for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:13:16 +0100

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Dear all

Just...I have an suspicion of how designers get a quick overview of a field or
how they can learn so fast in some cases.
Is only a suspicion and may sound a little bit pedantic (as if designers
has super powers or something) and concise.
But I think the main thing is the ability to synthesize, to gather
information with discretion and separate from the standpoint of relevance
understand quickly how this knowledge can be condensed and availed.
Perhaps because somehow they developed mental shortcuts to sort, categorize and
understand the information.

I think thats the reason why they learn so fast. But it is only a suspicion.

I like to call this quality "big picture"  and probably is related to the way
they handle their own brain in childhood.
The fact that become designers into adult life is only a consequence of this
quality developed as a child.

Maybe you need to revisit Piaget and activity theory to better understand
this phenomenon.
yeah...I know.... perhaps a little speculative...

Best

Marcio Rocha


On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 3:19 PM, Don Norman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Peter (and list readers)
>
> (During a break in the Milan conference -- Just heard a great talk by Bruce
> Brown of Brighton on "economies of meaning.")
>
> I am trying hard to write a piece on design education. I have now decided
> that the generalist-specialist argument is wrong with regard to designers.
> Designers are not generalists, they are specialists in design, and what
> they
> offer is a unique point of view and approach to problem solving.
>
> Designers must work with domain experts. Many designers pride themselves on
> being quick learners, able to acquire considerable relevant domain
> expertise
> quickly, deep enough to be able to interact intelligently with the real
> domain experts.
>
> But I am still trying to work out the argument.
>
> Don
>



-- 
Marcio Rocha

Transtechnology Research
University of Plymouth, UK
http://trans-techresearch.net/researchers/marcio-rocha

+0 7553 614185

Federal University of Brazil
Visual Arts Faculty
Graphic design Department
www.fav.ufg.br
www.ufg.br

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