Introduction to Design Patterns In past essays of "Fast Forward," I have written about the computer-human interaction (CHI) community being a gathering of tribes from many disciplines and incorporating wisdom from diverse fields. One example of cross-disciplinary fertilization is the adaptation of architectural design patterns to user-interface (UI) design patterns. As a former faculty member in a university's school of architecture and urban planning during the late 1960s and early 1970s, I was aware of Christopher Alexander's [1, 2] pioneering work at the University of California/Berkeley in establishing underlying paradigms for built form that are more general than specific…
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