Simone Barbosa, Gilbert Cockton
Design research is a recurrent theme in this issue. Bill Gaver et al. show us how ProbeTools can help us amplify the reach of our design research. And in waving his wand, Jeff Bardzell suggests reconciling critical and pragmatic approaches to research through design; their nuanced characterization may help establish a pluralistic design research program. In their Mental Landscapes project, Delanie Ricketts and Dan Lockton explore how metaphors can help people externalize their mental models. But not all aspects of design are easily describable, as Cally Gatehouse reminds us in EXIT. Moreover, in focusing on portraying work processes rather…
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