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15. The Divorce of Design

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Around the sixteenth century, there emerged in most of the European languages the term “design” or its equivalent. . . . Above all, the term indicated that designing was to be separated from doing.

MICHAEL COOLEY [1988]

The Divorce of Design from Use and from Implementation

One of the most striking 20th-century developments in the design disciplines has been the progressive divorce of the designer from both the implementer and the user.

Consider the 19th- to turn-of-the-20th-century inventors. Edison fabricated working versions of all his inventions ...

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