Designer stories: a commentary on the community of design practice

  • A. A. Mc Glashan


This research explores the design practice of three prominent New Zealand designers. It seeks to identify the key elements and methodologies they employ and to answer the research question: How do designers design? The need to gain understanding on how designers work, gave me occasion to visit and speak with designers about their approach to design. To look inside a designer’s practice has left me with an overriding impression that these designers know and trust their own way of working, they do not map their thoughts onto a pre-existing process; rather, each new work dictates its own direction. Their understanding has come about through a wealth of design experiences, a way of seeing, and perceptive reflection-in-action.


Design Design processing Community of practice Heuristic Creativity Innovative Environment Collaboration Risk-taking Immersion Internal dialogue Anxiety and discomfort Conceptualisation Tacit knowledge Serendipitous connections 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Science, Mathematics and Technology, Faculty of EducationUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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