Integrating different perspectives on design rationale: Supporting the emergence of design rationale from design communication Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractDesign rationale is a topic that implies different things to different people. To some it implies argumentation and frameworks for argumentation. To others it implies the documentation of design, like that required for many types of industrial or government work. Still others describe design rationale as the capture and potential reuse of normal communication about design. These perspectives of design rationale use different representations, which influence their ability to capture and to retrieve and use information. We propose an integrated approach to design rationale where design communication is captured and, over time, incrementally structured into argumentation and other formalisms to enable improved retrieval and use of this information. Two systems, PHIDIAS and the Hyper-Object Substrate, are used to demonstrate: (1) how to capture and integrate a variety of design information, (2) how to support the structuring of unstructured information, and (3) how to use design information to actively support design.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Shipman, F. M., & McCall, R. J.

citation count

  • 72

complete list of authors

  • Shipman, FM||McCall, RJ

publication date

  • April 1997