International Workshop on Studying Designers SD'10
16-17 June 2010
Aix-en-Provence, France

Design is a fruitful research area for cognitive psychologists, cognitive scientists, computer scientists and design scientists. For the former it represents a particularly rich and open environment within which to study complex human behaviour. For design scientsits new tools are making the behvaiour of designers more accessible.

Design involves the creation of worlds and entails the interaction between minds and the artefacts they produce. This opens a variety of areas for study since designers work with tools, operate solely or within teams. They collaborate with others who are co-located or at a distance. Designers use external symbol systems extensively, particularly sketches which implies a high level of visual reasoning. Designers can be studied in-situ or in laboratory settings or through models of design processes.

This workshop aims to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge research on studying designers. Extended abstracts are now being sought.


Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Centre for Research in Psychology of Cognition, Language and Emotion

University of Provence (Aix-Marseille I)