found both in the cultural studies in research and in the design sciences, the "Knowledge in / Knowledge in the making" increasingly interested. The exteriority of thought is observed in their dynamic development and the remuneration of thinking and doing as well as the role of artifacts involved to be reassessed. This development meets the tasks of structuring knowledge work in organizations that is increasingly seen as a design object.

Design Thinking

Here, a charting thought, currently called "Design Thinking" has proven economy. Thus there are two good reasons to re-consider the knowledge-forming functions of the design: On the one hand it is necessary to determine the knowledge in design clearer so that self-understanding of the discipline to improve and to connect with technical cultivation research. On the other hand, the functions of the design for the knowledge processes are working out of third parties to meet the demanding tasks of future knowledge design requirements. Both areas of responsibility are increasingly recognizing a diversity of thinking and working styles, design and modes of knowledge, knowledge and representation types (cognitive diversity). The design can use this base to reposition itself in the design of action and imaginative spaces of knowledge work (enabling spaces). It is the integrated design of knowledge, media and space as cognitive design, profound innovation (radical innovation) allows. The under the impact of emerging digital media early formulated concept of "knowledge designs" (Bolz 1993) learns as an update and clarification.

The cognitive dwelling - Design, Computers and Cognition

Among the methods of knowledge designs include the design specific model thinking that connects to cybernetics, systems theory and cognitive sciences. The subject of a so-understood design is cognitive habitation which includes social processes, media representations, technical systems and physical spaces.

Thus (Winograd, Mitchell, Gero) is connected to the international discussion on design, Computers and Cognition. However, the German version of the knowledge Designs wins a particular strength through their connection with the local media studies, especially in its manifestation as a cultural technique (Siegert).

Matters of concern

Another research topic is the "question of the thing" (Heidegger), particularly in the expression as actor-network theory (Latour). This is based on chains of action hybrid actants which questions a "Dingpolitik". Designer as specialists for things and interactions have participated little in these discussions, but can make a substantial contribution to the future shape of "matters of concern" (Latour).

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