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Design Thinking in Technical Communication: Solving Problems through Making and Collaboration

Design Thinking in Technical Communication: Solving Problems through Making and Collaboration

by Jason Chew Kit Tham


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This book explicates the relationships between design thinking, critical making, and socially responsive technical communication. It leverages the recent technology-powered DIY culture called "the Maker Movement" to identify how citizen innovation can inform cutting-edge social innovation that advocates for equitable change and progress on today’s "wicked" problems.

After offering a succinct account of the origin and recent history of design thinking, along with its connections to the design paradigm in writing studies, the book analyzes maker culture and its influences on innovation and education through an ethnographic study of three academic makerspaces. It offers opportunities to cultivate a sense of critical changemaking in technical communication students and practitioners, showcasing examples of socially responsive innovation and expert interviews that urge a disciplinary attention to social justice advocacy and an embrace of the design-thinking principle of radical collaboration. The value of design thinking methodologies for teaching and practicing socially responsible technical communication are demonstrated as the author argues for a future in the field that sees its constituents as leaders in radical innovation to solve wicked social problems.

This book is essential reading for instructors, students, and practitioners of technical communication, and can be used as a supplemental text for graduate and undergraduate courses in usability and user-centered design and research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367478216
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/19/2021
Series: ATTW Series in Technical and Professional Communication
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jason Chew Kit Tham is an assistant professor of technical communication and rhetoric in the Department of English and co-director of the User Experience Research Lab at Texas Tech University.

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