Summary: How Does the Design Community Think About
Michael E. Atwood, Katherine W. McCain, and Jodi C. Williams
Design is a term that brings many people together.
Collectively, we distinguish ourselves from others by
the fact that we are designers and members of a
design community. But, design is also a term that
pushes people apart. The design that some value in
the new fashions in the boutiques in Milan is not
seen by everyone as design. While some are
impressed with the design of a new telephone, not
everyone sees this as design. As a community, we
believe design is important. But, as a community,
we do not have a common definition of what it is.
Many views of design have been proposed. Several
classifications of design have been proposed. In this
paper, we also seek to classify views on design.
Unlike earlier efforts, however, we want to find the