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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 958; doi:10.3390/proceedings1090958

Diagrams as Heuristic Tools. A Semiotic Investigation to Provide a Theoretical Model for the Design of Diagrams

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Design, Milano 20158, Italy
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Immagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
Published: 17 November 2017
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Abstract

The article aims to demonstrate the importance of the diagrammatic image as an essential element of the inferential process: a necessary tool for us to interpret and to communicate the intelligible. Accordingly, it will be discussed how diagrams privilege and display pertinences of the object they stand for, consequently affecting our interpretation and what we can fathom. As a fundamental graphic-sign for reasoning and discovery, the diagram will be described in accordance with a theoretical model, to provide the visual designer with a useful instrument to monitor and probe their designs. In this view it will also emerge how the designer’s work resembles that of the scientist, both with the intention to innovate models to describe an object.
Keywords: diagrams; design; semiotic; k-interpretant; analogy; visualizing; communication diagrams; design; semiotic; k-interpretant; analogy; visualizing; communication
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Patuzzo, E. Diagrams as Heuristic Tools. A Semiotic Investigation to Provide a Theoretical Model for the Design of Diagrams. Proceedings 2017, 1, 958.

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