Is Design Theory Possible ? ∗

@inproceedings{Hooker1992IsDT,
  title={Is Design Theory Possible ? ∗},
  author={John N. Hooker},
  year={1992}
}
Because design is a practice, a theory of design is not possible in the same sense as a theory of chemistry is. Socio-psychological theories of what designers do are not design theories. Knowledge of how to design cannot be reduced to theory, for reasons that grow out of the philosophy of science. But a practice like design can be supported or aided by theories. Most of these are from other sciences, but some may be design theories in the sense that they use a style of analysis that is… CONTINUE READING