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Title: Design as dialogue : a grounded theory for interdisciplinary collaboration
Author: Lopes, Arminda da Conceicao dos Santos Guerra e
ISNI:       0000 0001 3612 6287
Awarding Body: Leeds Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Leeds Beckett University
Date of Award: 2008
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The topic of this research is to contribute to understanding the process of design by developing a model of design centred on the dialogue between designers; to consider the design dialogue used in multidisciplinary teams of designers; and to explore the ways in which cultural constructs (assumptions, beliefs) are influential in the design process and incorporated in design artefacts. Design is a mUltidisciplinary and interdisciplinary activity which is composed of designers with different backgrounds. The understanding of the way they interact through verbal and non verbal behaviours, which is reflected on the produced artefact/artwork, will contribute to facilitate the design process and to enhance design quality. This thesis presents detailed~heoretical analysis of what other researchers considered as definitions of design and stages of the design process. Then, following . Grounded Theory methodology, the researcher analysed and reviewed the data gathered from two networks: Leonardo-network for Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design and White Rose network for Affective Communication in Consumer Product and Exhibition Design, within which five case studies were observed. The methodology selected was a combination of: Grounded Theory, and Ethnography. Actor-network Theory, Discourse Analysis and Ethnomethodology, are here considered as data analysis methodologies. A model based on dialogue which is a set of good practices with a common language, facilitatin,g the multidisciplinary design of a digital artefact was developed. It will provide guidelines that can be applied to facilitate effective design collaborations and to develop an approach to flexible design based on dialogue.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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