LEES650 Week 9

Topic: Analyzing Design Cases with Activity Systems

  • Yamagata-Lynch, L. C. (2010). Activity Systems Analysis Methods: Understanding Complex Learning Environments. New York: Springer. chp. 1
  • Yamagata-Lynch, L. C. (2014). Understanding and Examining Design Activities with Cultural Historical Activity Theory. In B. Hokanson & A. Gibbons (Eds). Design in Educational Technology: Design Thinking, Design Process, and the Design Studio. pp. 89-106. New York: Springer.
  • Martin, B., & Hanington, B. (2012). Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions. Rockport Publishers.
Assignment Reminders
  • Reflective Journal Entry 4
    Deadline Your entry is due 10/26, your comments to others are due 10/18
    Peer Rotation 1


    Explore projects included at www.ideo.com/ (for commercial projects) and www.ideo.org/ (for humanitarian projects) to find one project that you will focus on discussing in this reflection. You will have to dig into the information included at the websites pretty deep and find narratives, pictures, and any other documentation about a project to become familiar with it. There may be some projects with more sources of information than others, so keep that in mind while you are exploring projects. To prepare for this reflection, engage in a thorough study of your favorite project. Then to practice your design storytelling skills, based on all the information that is available prepare a narrative in your own words. After you write your design story reflect on the following: (a) how did you decide which elements of the design to include in your story, (b) why did you think that others would be interested in your story,  (c) what elements of the design story drew your attention to this story, (d) how did you maintain rigor when writing the story, and (e) after writing the story did you think that it was a worthwhile story to share and why? Note:
    If you are interested, you can read a New York Times articles about IDEO at www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/automobiles/10FACE.html?n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fSubjects%2fD%2f and another article about humanitarian design that mentions IDEO.org at www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/opinion/sunday/dignifying-design.html?pagewanted=all.

  • Reflective Journal can be accessed at: lees604journals.wordpress.com/


  • Design Research Methodologies and Example Discussions
    • 8:05pm-8:35pm 04. Artifact Analysis, 06. Behavioral Mapping, Card Sorting
  • Readings for next week
    • Boling (2014)
    • Yamagata-Lynch, & Luetkehans (2014)
    • Choose another design case to read from IJDL
    • Martin, & Hanington  (2012)
Last Updated October 24, 2016