The Logic of Design Process

Invention and Discovery in the Light of the Semiotics of Charles S. Peirce

Tiago da Costa e Silva

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The Logic of Design Process

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Pub Date: January 2019

ISBN: 9783837643770

340 Pages

Format: Paperback

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The Logic of Design Process

Invention and Discovery in the Light of the Semiotics of Charles S. Peirce

Tiago da Costa e Silva

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What is the logic of the design process? Departing from this question and focusing on processes of invention and discovery, Tiago da Costa e Silva investigates the characteristic feature of every projective activity, for instance, in architecture, design, engineering, and the arts. In opposition to predominant views that understand design processes as mechanical, this study with the help of the semiotics of Charles S. Peirce characterizes design activities as a continuous and serendipitous interplay of processes of aesthetic experience, of defining rules, and of manifesting forms. Da Costa e Silva concludes that invention and discovery are intrinsic to every development in any given design context.

About the Author

Tiago da Costa e Silva researches design processes, semiotics, and aesthetics, with special focus on form-giving processes, as well as on processes involving invention and discovery. A specialist in the field of the semiotics of Charles S. Peirce, he was awarded the Charles S. Peirce Young Scholar Award for his publication on aesthetic processes related to inventive occurrences. He is specialized in the fields of industrial design, visual communication, theory of communication, and semiotics as well as in theory and history of design. He is part of the research staff of the interdisciplinary laboratory "Image Knowledge Gestaltung" and of the Institute for Cultural Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.