Talk:Design rationale

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This looks like a lit review assignment for a university class. It's got lots of bits of information but isn't organized clearly. -- Jlg4104 20 November 2008, 12:35.

There is a sentence that ends as a fragment. Can be found by searching for the word "becomese", which I can only assume is a typo on the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Apclapp (talkcontribs) 22:12, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

 Done Thanks; I corrected the sentence fragment reported above. This was apparent vandalism in revision 578396376 by (talk) several years ago. Biogeographist (talk) 13:30, 10 May 2016 (UTC)

Art vs. engineering[edit]

Design rationale is also used in actual "art-school design". This article is about engineers rationalizing their design. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Horst Rittel, a pioneer of design rationale, wrote:

Everybody designs sometimes; nobody designs always. Design is not the monopoly of those who call themselves "designers". From a downtown development scheme to an electronic circuit, from a tax law to a marketing strategy, from a plan for one's career to a shopping list for next Sunday's dinner, all of these are products of the activity called design. The scope of entities designed is vast and the knowledge employed in design is very diverse, ranging through all aspects of human experience. Only if there is some specific commonality between these activities in spite of the great diversity of the objects they deal with, it is justifiable to talk about design in general terms. I contend that there are such characteristic commonalities which demarcate design from other forms of coping with difficulties.

— Horst Rittel, "The reasoning of designers", Arbeitspapier A-88-4, Stuttgart: Institut für Grundlagen der Planung, Universität Stuttgart, 1987/1988 OCLC 75157251
Rittel's words imply that design rationale as discussed in this article applies just as well to "art-school design" as it does to engineering, urban planning, and even vernacular design. Biogeographist (talk) 18:04, 10 May 2016 (UTC)