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Work Meets LifeExploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems$
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Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.001.0001

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The Work of Designers: Cultures of Making and Representation

The Work of Designers: Cultures of Making and Representation

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Work Meets Life

Alan Blackwell

The MIT Press

This chapter deals with a particular kind of contemporary human work: the professional work done by designers. It examines the work of design from the perspective of research with designers from across the spectrum of modern work. It addresses the attention investment. The patterns of work in the work of design are creativity, models and representations, collaboration over periods of time, and managerial processes, social networks, society, markets and regulation, and the work of professional communities. This chapter shows the ways in which the guiding processes of building artificial environments and products for humans have been developed through design work.

Keywords:   designers, design work, attention investment, social networks, representations, society, markets, regulation, humans

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