The Problem Solver and The Artisan Designer: Strategies for Utilizing Design Idea Archives

Nanna Inie, Allison Endo, Steven Dow, Peter Dalsgaard

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This paper presents the results of an extensive qualitative study investigating how professional designers utilize personal idea archives. While we know that designers archive creative ideas in different formats and on different platforms, we know little about if and how designers utilize these idea archives in their daily practice. Through a series of interviews (n=20) and walkthroughs of design idea archives, we identified two archetypal strategies. The Problem Solver is concerned with the task at hand, keeps relevant ideas around, and discards them when the ideas have served their purpose. On the other hand, The Artisan Designer systematically archives potentially useful ideas in carefully selected formats and continues developing ideas over extended time spans. We conclude with a discussion about how these different strategies might be supported by technological archiving tools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI '18 Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6437-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventNordiChi 2018: The 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 1 Oct 20183 Oct 2018
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceNordiChi 2018
LocationOslo Metropolitan University
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