Thursday 2nd April, 2009
10:05am to 10:05am
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:
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