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Design Rationale

Concepts, Techniques, and Use

Edited by Thomas P. Moran, John M. Carroll

© 1996 – CRC Press

504 pages

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About the Book

This book focuses on design in the domain of human-computer interaction. Including a broad sampling of case studies as well as narrower theoretical or empirical studies, it includes consideration of educational uses of design rationale, methods for teaching it in industry, and applications to a variety of software and user interface/application domains. The volume promises to be the largest collection of work on design rationale ever assembled, and thereby to energize the considerable, widespread interest in this topic. It will also act as a focus for the existing but scattered work in this domain.


"This book contains a representative sample of current research on design rationale, which explores different viewpoints about the nature and use of design rationale. Most of the authors in this book are concerned with the domain of human-computer interaction: they want to improve the design of computer and information systems by helping the design process better deal with human needs and use."


"…a useful and welcome addition to the HCI literature. It takes an important concept and offers multiple perspectives on the nature, use, and value of design rationales….The present volume is already on my HCI class reading list, where I expect it to stay for the foreseeable future."

Journal of the American Society for Information Science

Table of Contents

Contents: T.P. Moran, J.M. Carroll, Overview of Design Rationale. Part I:Different Perspectives of Design Rationale. J. Lee, K-Y. Lai, What's in Design Rationale? A. MacLean, R.M. Young, V.M.E. Bellotti, T.P. Moran, Questions, Options, and Criteria: Elements of Design Space Analysis. J.M. Carroll, M.B. Rosson, Deliberated Evolution: Stalking the View Matcher in Design Space. C. Lewis, J. Rieman, B. Bell, Problem-Centered Design for Expressiveness and Facility in a Graphical Programming System. Part II:Empirical Studies of Design Rationale. S.B. Shum, Analyzing the Usability of a Design Rationale Notation. G.M. Olson, J.S. Olson, M. Storrøsten, M. Carter, J. Herbsleb, H. Rueter, The Structure of Activity During Design Meetings. M.K. Singley, J.M. Carroll, Synthesis by Analysis: Five Modes of Reasoning That Guide Design. Part III:Design Rationale Tools in Design Practice. G. Fischer, A.C. Lemke, R. McCall, A.I. Morch, Making Argumentation Serve Design. C. Potts, Supporting Software Design: Integrating Design Methods and Design Rationale. T.R. Gruber, D.M. Russell, Generative Design Rationale: Beyond the Record and Replay Paradigm. Part IV:Using Design Rationale for Teaching. G. Casaday, Rationale in Practice: Templates for Capturing and Applying Design Experience. T. Carey, D. McKerlie, J. Wilson, HCI Design Rationale as a Learning Resource. Part V:Design Rationale in Organizational Context. E.J. Conklin, K-C. Burgess-Yakemovic, A Process-Oriented Approach to Design Rationale. W. Sharrock, R. Anderson, Organizational Innovation and the Articulation of the Design Space. J. Grudin, Evaluating Opportunities for Design Capture.

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety