On the complexity of contemporary design problems

  • Rui S. D. Alão
Keywords: Design methodology, Complexity, Collaboration, Systems theory, Metadesign


This article investigates some characteristics of contemporary design problems. We argue that the complexity of these problems has grown to the point of jeopardizing traditional design methods, mainly due to instability of the solution landscapes as the mobility of the systems in which they are immerse. As a main contribution, we recommend the creation of designers and users mixed communities and suggest that newer methodological processes be conceived, prototyped and tested to cope with high complexity design problems.


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Author Biography

Rui S. D. Alão

Designer digital, sócio do estúdio Carambola Digital, arquiteto pela FAU USP, especialista e mestre em Design pela Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (UAM) e doutor em Arquitetura e Urbanismo pela FAU-USP. Professor do Centro Universitário Belas Artes e da Universidade Anhembi Morumbi. Participa como pesquisador do MediaLab (UAM) e do Grupo de Pesquisa Design e Convergência (Belas Artes).


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How to Cite
S. D. Alão, R. . (2020). On the complexity of contemporary design problems. DAT Journal, 5(4), 24-40. https://doi.org/10.29147/dat.v5i4.280