Design (non-architectural) and computer science became disciplines in the university system around the same time, and in some respects HCI tries to be their bridge. However, I sometimes think it would be useful to admit that design and computer science have very different epistemologies, if not ontologies. HCI's efforts at convergence, invariably via appeals to cognitive science, tend to paper over fundamental incommensurabilities. This would all be academic if it were not for shifts in our "techonomy" that have made design and computer science rivals. Lucrative starting positions as product designers in tech companies can now be filled by…
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