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Guest Editor's Introduction
Published: 2021-08-27

Guest Editor's Introduction: Creativity and Rationale in Software Design

Center for Human-Computer Interaction and College of Information Sciences and Technology The Pennsylvania State University, USA


Creativity and rationale are two lenses for looking at design. Obviously, design is about
envisioning new artifacts and experiences through the embodiment of new ideas. But design
also is clearly about understanding reasons and balancing trade-offs in order to develop new
artifacts and experiences that are desirable and effective, and not merely novel. Because
disciplines and predilections tend to fragment and specialize human activity, it can appear
that creativity and rationale are about fundamentally different endeavors, although both
happen to be known as design. This is profoundly unfortunate; to the extent that such a
dichotomy prevails, it more or less ensures that no adequate treatment of design can emerge.


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How to Cite

Carroll, J. (2021). Guest Editor’s Introduction: Creativity and Rationale in Software Design. Human Technology, 7(2), 106–108.