Designing is the construction of use plans

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In this chapter, I argue for an intentionalist reconstruction of artifact design. called the "use-plan analysis." In it, design crucially involves the conslruction and coniniunication of a use plan. After presenting an outline of the use-plan analysis, I show that it can be used to accommodate four aspects of the phenomenology of artifact use and design: creative use, serendipity, the unread manual, and unknown designers; and I briefly indicate how the analysis facilitates the evaluation of artifact use and design. From this, I conclude that the use-plan analysis provides a phenomenologically viable, evaluatively useful, intentionalist account of use and design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy and design : from engineering to architecture
EditorsP.E. Vermaas, P. Kroes, A. Light, S.A. Moore
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages359
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6590-3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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