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authors Erickson, Thomas
year 2000
title Lingua Francas for Design: Sacred Places and Pattern Languages Pattern Languages
source Proceedings of DIS'00: DesigningInteractive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques 2000 pp. 357-368
summary A central challenge in interaction design has to do with its diversity. Designers, engineers, managers, marketers, researchers and users all have important contributions to make to the design process. But at the same time they lack shared concepts, experiences and perspectives. How is the process of design-which requires communication, negotiation and compromise-to effectively proceed in the absence of a common ground? I argue that an important role for the interaction designer is to help stakeholders in the design process to construct alingua franca. To explore this issue, which has received remarkably little attention in HCI, I turn to work in urban design and architecture. I begin by discussing a case study in community design, reported by Hester [10], that demonstrates the power of alingua franca for a particular design project. I then describe the concept of pattern languages and discuss how they might be adapted to the needs of interaction design in general, and used, in particular, as meta-languages for generating lingua francas for particular design projects.
keywords Architecture; Design Methods; Interaction Design; Interdisciplinary Design; Pattern Language; Patterns; Urban Design
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