I so very much wanted to completely understand the Nelson/Stolterman reading because I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time but, alas, I am feeling somewhat lost.  I’m hoping you all can help me 🙂

The biggest question I have is – what is “diathenic graphalogue”?  This seems to be a big topic in the paper – the authors reject formal dialogue and visual literacy as necessary but not sufficient for “successfully conveying the emergent images and insights of a design imagination”.  This diathenic graphalogue is proposed as the way to convey “comprehension, meaning and the promised value of that-which-is-not-yet.”  So this sounds really promising – what is this thing that can make clear the channels of communication and go beyond both dialogue and visual communication?  This is all of the relevant text that I could find that sounded like an explanation or definition of diathenic graphalogue:

This can be done through the utilization of diathenic graphalogue, which means to let a thing be seen through it’s image (p174)

diathenic graphalogue – the communication of the non-given (p174)

This third phase focuses on diathenic graphalogue.  The process transports newly-formed seminal images of that-which-is-desired from the birthplace of their creation, from within a single individual’s imagination, connecting them with feelings and emotions along the way, where they’re imprinted with details from the color and texture of the histories of the clients and the character of the designers. (p177)

Diathenic graphalogue affiliated approaches, such as cognitive art, are intended to evoke the experiences legislated by the images.  This allows clients and others to feel, imagine, or be moved by the sublime quality of the ordering principles of these images – images that embody the clients’ expressed and unexpressed expectations.  They allow critiques by designers, clients and other stakeholders to be expressed fully and authentically.

So this kind of sounds like some sort of visual approach that somehow allows people to really feel the meaning behind the images?  Some better means of communicating ideas born out of the imagination?

Is this an approach that you all have learned about before?