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Design is a statement of value: Miscellaneous lessons from David Hume

November 14, 2014

Design is a statement of value: Miscellaneous lessons from David Hume


November 14, 2014

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  1. HUME’S KEY WORKS • A Treatise of Human Nature (1739)

    • An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)
  2. DAVID HUME “To hate, to love, to think, to feel,

    to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.”
  3. TASK: Find out which bus to catch “Why does one

    need to know the bus route in advance?” 10% could not complete this task c.14K p/m
  4. WENDY MASS, ‘THE CANDYMAKERS’ “Be kind, for everyone you meet

    is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
  5. “I understand our website navigation… …so users should 

    able to.” An  observation   about  what  IS. A  judgement  about     what  OUGHT  to  be. …therefore I can use it.”
  6. LEISA REICHELT “Words can remind us many times a day

    what we all care about and what we believe in.”
  7. DAVID HUME “Reason is, and ought only to be the

    slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.”
  8. DAVID HUME “A purpose, an intention, a design strikes every

    where (even) the most careless, the most stupid thinker..”
  9. SUMMARY 1. Use the force Luke! (proxy senses), but… 2.

    cause is just an idea, so… 3. “Hold your beliefs lightly” and… 4. make your values clear, 5. your design is a statement of values.