Design Sensibility. What does it mean to be a designer?
We would like you to read this paper:  (Note: there is a presentation and notes also in this pdf, but we are just concerned with the first part, the paper)
Also we would like to you watch this video: 
Fionn - What makes for good design
If we are to know what it means to be a designer we must first understand what it is to that makes for what we would consider a “good design”. Design is a term which envelopes a great deal things, pretty much everything that gets processed by people would be considered design. These are some key aspects to design that I think may help.
Designing for people
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Norman, Donald A. (2006): Emotionally centered design. In Interactions, 13 (3) pp. 53-ff
Norman, Donald A. (2002): Emotion & design: attractive things work better. In Interactions, 9 (4) pp. 36-42
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Triona - Designing the Designer
How we will think and act as designers is not only defined by how well our design abilities are developed, it is also a product of our own understanding of who we are as professionals and how we perceive our role as designer (Lowgren and Stolterman, 2004). In their book Thoughtful Interaction Design, Lowgren and Stolterman write that the thoughtful designer reflects on her own strengths and weaknesses and changes them in positive ways (2004). We can look at this as the notion of “Designing oneself as a designer”.
But what should we design ourselves as? What is required of designers in the fast changing environment in which we live? What characteristics should we possess to excel in our own field?
Inspired by AIGA's project The Designer of 2015, Triona explores some of the current trends (characteristics and roles required of Designers), and the challenges they pose for Designers.
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