Design Experiments

  1. Montessori
  2. Clements and Samara
  3. Hoyles and Noss
  4. Contextual Design
  5. Comparing Design Research Approaches


  1. Design Problem
  2. Literature Review
  3. Work Models
  4. Design Patterns
  5. Design Experiments
  6. Lesson Ideas
  7. Montessori Computes
  8. Thinking About Circles

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Patterns and Design


Contextual Design

The Contextual Design process consists of the following stages:

  • Contextual Inquiry.  An ethnographic method for gathering data relevant to the design problem.  This method uncovers implicit aspects of work that would normally be invisible.
  • Interpretation sessions.  Meetings of a cross-functional design team that represents everyone who has a stake in the outcomes of the process.  Through these meetings, all aspects of customers work are captured efficiently.
  • Work models.  A coherent set of representations of customer's work to reveal aspects of work that are relevant to design and provide a consistent reference for designers.
  • Affinity diagram.