Design patterns, in the form of pattern libraries, have become an important means of capturing and sharing design knowledge and experience within a community of practice. Web-based pattern libraries have proliferated in such domains as object-oriented programming, interaction design, and website design. Any design activity can be supported through patterns.
In this one-quarter research group we will learn about design patterns through readings, by examining a variety of pattern libraries, and by carefully analyzing how individual patterns are written and hyperlinked. Then we will write and discuss our own design patterns and design hypothetical pattern libraries. When we encounter unanswered questions, we will try to formulate research questions and possible experiments that might further our understanding of design patterns. Participants in this research group will gain expertise planning, designing, managing, and contributing to a pattern library, will gain practical skills in information design, and will be introduced to the broad issue of knowledge management within organizations.
This research group will meet for 75 minutes at 3:00 on Tuesdays and will communicate between meetings using GoPost. You can register for 2-4 credits of either HCDE 596 (graduate students) or HCDE 496 (undergraduate students). If you are interested in this research group, email me at farkasATu.washington.edu