ABSTRACT

Making often involves an iterative cycle of testing and redesigning in response to setbacks, as well as serendipitous discoveries (see Wilkinson, Anzivino, & Petrich, 2016, in volume 2 of this series). Anyone that has created a design project knows that projects rarely work on the first try; instead, they are constantly tweaked and refined to function as intended. Yet this iterative process is rarely spoken about or shared in traditional forms of product-oriented documentation that focus on final products or recipes for creating those products. What might documentation look like that captures the story of how a project was created, including the various experiments and attempts that led up to a final design?