Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Instruments of Inquiry: Understanding the Nature and Role of Design Tools

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Standard

Instruments of Inquiry : Understanding the Nature and Role of Design Tools. / Dalsgaard, Peter.

In: International Journal of Design, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2017, p. 21-33.

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Harvard

Dalsgaard, P 2017, 'Instruments of Inquiry: Understanding the Nature and Role of Design Tools', International Journal of Design, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 21-33.

APA

Dalsgaard, P. (2017). Instruments of Inquiry: Understanding the Nature and Role of Design Tools. International Journal of Design, 11(1), 21-33.

CBE

MLA

Vancouver

Author

Dalsgaard, Peter. / Instruments of Inquiry : Understanding the Nature and Role of Design Tools. In: International Journal of Design. 2017 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 21-33.

Bibtex

@article{2822bef8396c46c0b5504192f51ca74c,
title = "Instruments of Inquiry: Understanding the Nature and Role of Design Tools",
abstract = "Designers employ a range of tools in most design projects, yet there are few frameworks for understanding how and why they work. On the basis of a well-established school of thought, pragmatism, this paper contributes with a coherent conceptualisation of tools in design, which I label instruments of inquiry. This perspective underscores the crucial role that instruments play in design, and the ways in which they scaffold design creativity and exploration. In particular, it highlights that instruments not only augment our capabilities for carrying out intended actions, they also guide our perception and understanding of design problems and solutions. I present and discuss a framework consisting of five qualities of instruments of inquiry, which make them valuable in designerly inquiry: perception, conception, externalisation, knowing-through-action, and mediation.",
author = "Peter Dalsgaard",
year = "2017",
language = "English",
volume = "11",
pages = "21--33",
journal = "International Journal of Design",
issn = "1991-3761",
publisher = "National Taiwan University of Science and Technology",
number = "1",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Instruments of Inquiry

T2 - Understanding the Nature and Role of Design Tools

AU - Dalsgaard, Peter

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - Designers employ a range of tools in most design projects, yet there are few frameworks for understanding how and why they work. On the basis of a well-established school of thought, pragmatism, this paper contributes with a coherent conceptualisation of tools in design, which I label instruments of inquiry. This perspective underscores the crucial role that instruments play in design, and the ways in which they scaffold design creativity and exploration. In particular, it highlights that instruments not only augment our capabilities for carrying out intended actions, they also guide our perception and understanding of design problems and solutions. I present and discuss a framework consisting of five qualities of instruments of inquiry, which make them valuable in designerly inquiry: perception, conception, externalisation, knowing-through-action, and mediation.

AB - Designers employ a range of tools in most design projects, yet there are few frameworks for understanding how and why they work. On the basis of a well-established school of thought, pragmatism, this paper contributes with a coherent conceptualisation of tools in design, which I label instruments of inquiry. This perspective underscores the crucial role that instruments play in design, and the ways in which they scaffold design creativity and exploration. In particular, it highlights that instruments not only augment our capabilities for carrying out intended actions, they also guide our perception and understanding of design problems and solutions. I present and discuss a framework consisting of five qualities of instruments of inquiry, which make them valuable in designerly inquiry: perception, conception, externalisation, knowing-through-action, and mediation.

M3 - Journal article

VL - 11

SP - 21

EP - 33

JO - International Journal of Design

JF - International Journal of Design

SN - 1991-3761

IS - 1

ER -