On Line and On Paper: Visual Representations, Visual Culture, and Computer Graphics in Design Engineering (Inside Technology)
Kathryn HendersonISBN: 0262082691; 9780262082693;
"Kathryn Henderson captures the life-world of design and its vicissitudes in wonderful case studies." -- Arie Rip, Science, Technology and Society, University of Twente, The Netherlands The role of representation in the production of technoscientificknowledge has become a subject of great interest in recent years. In this book, sociologist and art critic Kathryn Henderson offers a new perspective on this topic by exploring the impact of computer graphic systems on the visual culture of engineering design. Henderson shows how designers use drawings both to organize work and knowledge and to recruit and organize resources, political support, and power. Henderson's analysis of the collective nature of knowledge in technical design work is based on her participant observation of practices in two industrial settings. In one she follows the evolution of a turbine engine package from design to production, and in the other she examines the development of an innovative surgical tool....