Pattern languages for information design

A session at Information Design conference 2009

Thursday 2nd April, 2009

10:05am to 10:05am (GMT)

The pattern language approach was developed by the architect Christopher Alexander to describe a set of design solutions that have evolved in response to common problems experienced when people create towns and buildings. Pattern languages, or libraries, have become a mainstream tool for software engineers and interaction designers, but have not been widely used in information design more generally (that is, in non-electronic channels).

Using examples from several information design genres, this paper will consider Alexander’s pattern language approach as a possible direction for information design theory. It will review:

  • learnings from the way it has been applied in architecture, software engineering, interface design and other disciplines
  • how it might relate to user research, in order to verify the claims of patterns to be solutions to problems, and to verify the claims of research to be generalisable
  • how it might define the boundary between problem-solving space and personal creative space in the designer's task
  • how it might be used in design education
  • how it might be used in the specification of corporate document standards
  • how it might be used in the measurement and teaching of functional literacy.

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Rob Waller

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Time 10:05am10:05am GMT

Date Thu 2nd April 2009

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