Ideas and information about natural and cultural heritage are communicated through the designed interface of interpretation. Interpretation design has emerged as a new field of design as graphic designers work on complex, large-scale projects that communicate about natural and cultural heritage sites and objects. Research into designer's contribution to interpretation projects indicates the need for a better dialogue between designers and other team professionals. This paper introduces a 'pattern language' methodology, which proposes a shared language for use by interdisciplinary teams working on interpretation. Interviews with designers and a synthesis of research findings from the fields of interpretation, education, visitor studies and psychology inform the construction of the pattern language. Articulating shared concepts from these disciplines as a common pattern language aims to strengthen the professional practice nexus between the fields of design and interpretation.
|Title of host publication||Cumulus|
|Subtitle of host publication||International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||RMIT & Swinburne University of Technology|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||38o South - Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 12 Nov 2009 → 14 Nov 2009
|Period||12/11/09 → 14/11/09|
Woodward, M. (2009). An interpretation design pattern language: A propostional conceptual tool for interdisciplinary team members working on interpretation design projects. In Cumulus: International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (pp. 1-17). RMIT & Swinburne University of Technology.