Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 552.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Subject: new book on design research
[The following will be of interest to many Humanists, I suspect. The text
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ART, FACT and ARTIFACT PRODUCTION
Design Research and Multidisciplinary Collaboration
This dissertation analyzes how knowledge is produced by the different
actors working together at the intersection where arts, humanities, and the
new media meet. We are presented with two complementing voices: one
building theory of how art, facts and artifacts are produced, and the other
reporting the process that contributed to those insightsthe collaborative
design effort of creating the Raisio Digital Archive, which gathers
representations of archaeological finds and assorted material culture of
Southwestern Finland, from the periods of the late Iron Age to the early
"The work has a design activity as its empirical root. The author uses
activity theory to weave together history and theories of design, art, and
anthropology. The text illustrates the kind of interdisciplinary work that
computer aided communications increasingly enables. It is a demonstration
of what artists, archaeologists, and designers can teach each other while
excelling in their own disciplines."
Klaus Krippendorff, Gregory Bateson Professor of Communication, University
"The study presents design as an activity that is best conceived of as
intersecting with art and the substance domain of the system to be designed
(in this case, archaeology)."
Yrjö Engeström, Professor of Communication, University of California, San
Diego; Director of the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work
Research, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Lily Díaz-Kommonen is a Senior Researcher at the Media Lab UIAH. She has a
B.A. in anthropology from Brandeis University and a M.F.A. in Computer Arts
from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
271 pages, paperback, B&W illustration.
University of Art and Design Helsinki
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