Design Credo. The making of design tools as a personal theory building process

Tero Heikkinen (2013)


Design tools, just like any design objects, can be examined from the angle of their making, and this viewpoint can be used for exploring designing itself. This thesis presents one way to build tools for reflecting on design approach and developing skills and beliefs. Three different angles are opened to the idea of design tools, explored and presented through three artefacts. The author has engaged with both computer tools and drawing approaches, alternating between insight that emerges from the works and the literature which supplies keys for interpreting the artefacts. The tools arise from personal beliefs, fuelled by ideologies and a broader world view. Cultivating a personal belief, a design credo, becomes an integral part of understanding the role of tools in the designer’s exploration.

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