Mechanics, Mindset and Alchemy

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Let’s say that one day, I wrote out the steps of a typical UCD-based process on a whiteboard (just pick any reputable textbook)…and then someone walked into that room, memorised this process as a template or recipe and then executed it accurately — is that person now a designer? That’s exactly the question a professor asked our class, in the final weeks of a graduate design seminar at CMU, well over a decade ago. “Design in practice involves an ever evolving, dynamic relation of mechanics, mindset and perhaps, alchemy.” It’s an interesting question to revisit today, especially in light of…
Mechanics, Mindset and Alchemy