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Posted by  steve on October 03, 2002 at 13:21:04:

In Reply to:  Re: Theory posted by lavardera on October 03, 2002 at 10:07:57:

Some good insightful thoughts above, and yet I am still hung up on the word "theory". The dictionary defines a theory as 1. a statement or set of statements designed to explain a phenomenon or class of phenomena (note word "designed") 2. A set of rules or principals designed for the study or practise of an art or discipline 3. An abstract thought untested in practise.
It would seem then that theory is unrelated to the intuitive componant of the design process. But even the rationalists might have a problem defining their "theories". Where are the statements, rules, principals, abstract thoughts? Perhaps we never hear about them because they are so personal; there is no reason for the designer to codify them. So is a theory a theory if it is not transferrable from one designer to another? (if a tree falls in the forest, and no-one hears it.....etc. etc). I'm not really sure why it matters, except that I think beyond the University, theory is rare enough to be nearly irrelevant, and that intuition is a much more powerful driver than we give it credit for.

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