'Doing designing': On the practical analysis of design in practice

Rachael Luck
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Editorial for the special issue: Studying design in practice Luck, R. (2012). "'Doing designing': on the practical analysis of design in practice." Design Studies 33(6): 521-529. A strong sense of 'the social' underscores the study of design. This can be traced through seminal texts including Bucciarelli's study of engineers at work (1994), in recognising designers' reflective practices (Schön 1983; and predating this, in the design research founders' commitment to design's social intent (Jones
more &raquo; ... 1970; Alexander 1979; Archer 1984 Archer [1965 ). This commitment to progress our understanding of the social nature of design is developed in this special issue 'Studying Design in Practice'. Here we draw attention to the study of design as it is practiced through the application of the analytic orientation of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, and to the empirical, investigatory matters associated with it. "Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis are cognate approaches to the study of social action that together comprise a major perspective within the contemporary or human sciences. This perspective focuses upon naturally occurring talk and interaction and analyses the methods by which social action is ordered and accomplished. From its origins within sociology, EM/CA has ramified across a wide range of human science disciplines, including anthropology, social psychology, linguistics, communication studies, and social studies of technology" (Hester and Francis 2008). It is the potential to develop our understanding of design as it is practiced through these kinds of analyses that will be explored in each of the articles within this special issue.
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