This book draws from philosophy, psychology, object studies, and design theory to articulate the intersection of design thinking and human experience.
When designers talk about related fields, they often mention anthropology, cognitive science, psychology, information science, etc., but philosophy is usually left out. Why? Why don't we talk about philosophy as a contributor to the understanding of design, especially when phenomenology, the philosophical study of human experience, has contributed so much to our understanding of the interrelation between humans and technology?
Design for Dasein attempts to apply phenomenological thinking to design in order to further inform what designers (especially what we might call "experience designers") do in their day to day work. Many activities designers perform every day can be traced back to insights from phenomenology. Activities like user testing, prototyping, sketching, interaction models, personas, interviewing, ethnography, participatory design, and processes like design thinking and lean UX all have phenomenological roots. The book will highlight these connections and explore how they contribute to designing better experiences, providing the reader with new ways of thinking about his or her work, and new strategies for designing systems for both present and future scenarios.
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About the Author
Thomas Wendt is a New York City based design strategy and research consultant, educator, speaker, and writer.
Client work includes strategic consulting, internal training, and qualitative research projects for companies of all sizes. Thomas also writes and speaks on a variety of topics including philosophy and design, information architecture, lean process and theory, design research, and design thinking. Presentations have been delivered at domestic and international conferences, and his articles have been published in both academic journals and practitioner publications.