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Design as Composition of Tensions

  • Annie Gentes
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Part of the Design Research Foundations book series (DERF)

Abstract

In this chapter, design is considered as a practice of composition of tensions. By laying out materials, ideas, forms, models of communication and activities, designers organize their practice not so much as a sequence of events but more as a field to compose within. Rather than using the metaphor of the project, the author uses the metaphor of the matrix to show how the design project brings together materials in unexpected ways without necessarily following a defined plan. Elaborating on Peirce’s theory of abduction, the composition is seen as a projective abductive practice.

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  • Annie Gentes
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  1. 1.Codesign Lab, I3Telecom ParisTechParisFrance

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