Dialectical Model of Designing
A dialectical process involves the development or
evolving of an idea or product by a back-and-forth movement
between two opposing ideas, forces or models of behavior.
A Dialectical Model of Designing emphasizes
the dual importance of hands-on learning combined
with the mental activity, and was developed by
Dr Richard Kimbell (Goldsmith College). His model,
which he called the Interaction of Hand-Mind,
depicts the designer as moving back and forth
between ideas and concrete actions, both of which
support the design's evolution from idea to drawing
to prototype to product. Notice in this model
that as the work progresses and the object takes
on its finished forms that new problems get discovered
and then solved. This model looks different from
a cyclic model. Would you call it linear? iterative?
What strengths and weaknesses do you see in this
representation of the design process? What aspects
of designing get left out in this depiction? When
would you refer to this model with your students,
if at all? How might you demonstrate and depict
this view of design thinking to your students?