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The design of information systems: parti, formats and sketching
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
1999 (English)In: Information Systems Journal, ISSN 1350-1917, E-ISSN 1365-2575, Vol. 9, no 1, 3-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article it is argued that an information system must be treated as an artefact with a format. We need to see information systems design as based on architectonic and not tectonic thinking. Design based on architectonic thinking emphasizes (1) the task of giving form to a design proposal, and (2) the task of creating an overall structure for the information system. These two activities are closely related because they both deal with the issue of seeing the idea or whole of systems, and the problem of how to give form to that whole. The paper begins with an exploration of the concept formative faculties in relation to ‘given’ and ‘non-given’ objects. The concepts of parti and format are then presented as a way to grasp the ‘whole’ of an information system. How formats can be used in information systems design is discussed as well as how this leads to the act of sketching as an important but neglected activity in information systems design. Sketching is promoted by introducing diathenic graphologue as the art of ‘giving form to the unknown’. The paper ends by suggesting how formats and diathenic graphologue can be practised and included as important aspects of information systems design education and training.

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Blackwell Science Ltd , 1999. Vol. 9, no 1, 3-20 p.
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Information systems;design;parti;formats;sketching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102712DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2575.1999.00044.xOAI: diva2:813338
Available from: 2015-05-22 Created: 2015-04-30 Last updated: 2015-08-07Bibliographically approved

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