Position Diagram #4 – Design's Role in Solving Complex Problems

Hey Ya’ll!  I’m back at it again, trying to synthesize the meaning of some lovely readings – Herb Simon’s The structure of ill structured problems; Chris Pacione’s Evolution of the Mind: A Case for Design Literacy; Amos Tversky & Daniel Kahneman’s Judgement under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases; and Philip Johnson-Laird’s The Shape of Problems.

The past two weeks took us on a journey through the definition of problems and problem solving methods.  The synthesis of this took a long time.  I sat with the four readings for multiple hours, and re-read for clarity of understanding.  I hope you find it to be enlightening.  It has certainly helped me understand where design can fit in the complex problems that Pacione sees as evermore common these days.