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The Design Knowledge research group works on two different research areas, that have in common the relation between communication design and information/knowledge processes. In the first area the core topic is the design of tools and methods for design knowledge management, assuming a strong visual and digital approach. Design is therefore part of the problem and of the solution: sharing and creating information and knowledge is a fundamental part of each creative (design) process, and - at the same time - design can be used to improve the effectiveness of these activities, and to include new possible knowledge providers (i.e. final users). In this first area, a profitable research topic is also related to Communication Technologies adopted by Museums and Cultural heritages, with a specific focus on design for cultural-social communities and for impaired users. In the second area – named “density design” - the aim of the research activity is the definition of tools and methods to support and facilitate complex decisions (or decisions in complex systems) trough communication and visual design. During the last years the interest in Complexity Science - and particularly in the multi-disciplinary field of research studying Complex Systems - has been constantly increasing. In this framework the traditional design and decision making tools such as diagrams, maps and grids need to evolve in order to continue being effective instruments in complex environments and multi-actor systems. We explore the dynamics of the context from a design point of view and the contribution of communication designers to improve tools and methods.
Pier Paride Vidari