Position Diagram No. 4 – The difficulties of solving complex problems

In the past two weeks at the Austin Center for Design, we’ve been exploring the difficulties designers face when attempting to solve complex problems. My position on this topic is expressed below in a triptych of diagrams. They refer to the following readings: “Judgment under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases” by Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman; “The Structure of Ill-Structured Problems” by Herbert A. Simon; “The Shape of Problems” by Philip N. Johnson-Laird; and “Evolution of the Mind: A Case for Design Literacy” by Chris Pacione. If you’re unfamiliar with these readings, they’re hosted on the Austin Center for Design’s curriculum page here.







If you’re interested in learning more, I recommend diving in to these readings.