The third model – DFP
My position, which is situated in the practice of design, is calling on a role that differs from traditionally defined roles between audience, designer and client. I’ll attempt to visualise what I mean by a series of diagrams that may articulate what I mean.
It’s always great when we get together after such an emotionally and intellectually hightened experience of the GRC and go over the weekend as we down our beers…
After we got over the shock of Keith sharing with us the things which makes him happy in life (as he’s usually such an intense young man with lots of things to be pissed off about), we got in a bit of a heated discussion about designing intuitively and articulating what that means. Luke adopts a position where he doesn’t consciously consider his audience when designing and it’s all intuitive, making him reject the ‘usability’ arguments of user-centred design. He says that if he’s asked to articulate something he does intuitively, it kills his intuition. That’s when I banged my fist on the pub table (it’s been a traumatic day for me, hence my over gestures), that that wasn’t good enough, and the point of doing this research was to be able to tell others what we do, and what we often do without thinking too much about. I agree with Luke on his views on UCD, and it was great hearing both Stu and Luke say that they understand what I’m on about after hearing Peter T’s agressive feedback. Ironic, isn’t it…?
May GRC PhD proposal
Designing for people, designing for participation in communication design.
What are you researching and with what end in mind?
The focus of the research is to explore the role of designers and their design practices within user centred design processes. In particular, this project will consider how an understanding of users can inform the design process and enable audience participation through communication artefacts.
Some interesting books to read…
I came across interesting literature from the site, http://www.humanfactors.com/downloads/bibliography.asp
Tai Chi penguin t-shirt
When the opportunity arose to design a t-shirt for the Tai Chi society, specific for Melbourne, I had begun thinking of cultural icons and landmarks of Melbourne I could visualise. The Ralto Tower, Flinders Lane Station architecture, Federation Square, Coffee/Italian culture etc… T-shirts done for the Taoist Tai Chi society had traditionally visualised their location (Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, New Zealand) and my thoughts were paralell to such outcomes.
This book gives great insight to how word of mouth and social epidemics spread through communities. Some are explained as follows: