Design Artefacts as Primary Sources: Using Faceted Classification and Discursive Method

Historians engaging in visual analysis of design artefacts are typically dependent on taxonomies. This paper proposes an alternate classification system: faceted classification. Use of this system is advocated as part of an alternate design history method called Discursive Method.


Presented: Saturday 16th February 2013, 3:30pm as part of the Putting Design in Boxes: The Problems of Taxonomy Panel
Presented at: College Art Association 101st Annual Conference (view full schedule)
Conference location: Hilton Hotel, New York, New York
Conference dates: Wednesday, February 13, 2013—Saturday, February 16, 2013


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