Design as Dialogue — a New Design Framework

  • Arminda Lopes
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 221)


In this paper, we examine some traditional ways of designing and we present some guidelines for a different perspective on design: design understood as a process of dialogue and explicit knowledge sharing. There is no standard definition of design it will vary according to perspective. Traditionally, the term design referred to industrial design. This argument is based on Walker (1989) consideration: “(As far as many scholars are concerned, design is industrial design.)” Industrial design concentrates on the product’s functionality and its appearance as an object. Design as dialogue requires an emphasis on the process of communication between multidisciplinary teams. We will provide a framework based on dialogue which will improve the process of design associated with the development of flexible design objects.


Design Process Design Team International Standard Organization Industrial Design Term Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arminda Lopes
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  1. 1.Innovation North Faculty of Information & TechnologyLeeds Metropolitan UniversityLeeds

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