It is an extension of pragmatism
Pragmatic design: how does design thinking fit into the real word?
Davey van der Woert
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Interesting view, thanks!

One could certainly see elements of pragmatism in current design practice, but it’s more fruitful to consider it a mode of inquiry.

Here’s a text that elaborates on this: http://www.ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/IJDesign/article/viewFile/1087/604 (PDF).

You might also be interested in Nelson and Stoltermann’s book The Design Way, which explors this third way in greater detail.

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/design-way

While IDEO has done a great job promoting design thinking, it’s a term that goes back to 1965 in a text by Bruce Archer, and was formulated more explicitly by Nigel Cross.

https://ithinkidesign.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/the-underrated-writings-of-bruce-archer/

Last, but not least, there are tons of ways to design. Here’s a big PDF thatyou might enjoy browsing through, from Dubberly Design Office.

http://www.dubberly.com/articles/how-do-you-design.html

Best of luck with your MA!

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