Abductive sensemaking through sketching: A categorization of the dimensions in sketching capacities in design

Bidragets oversatte titel: Abduktiv meningsskabelse via sketching

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This paper proposes design sketching as a way to make abductive reasoning manifest and concrete. Through sketching, the abductive sensemaking leaves the domain of abstract logics and becomes part of the researchers or practitioner’s reflective practice. This practice is especially evident through incorporating sketching as more than a specific technique, but also as ways of applying design thinking through acting upon the world. The paper presents sketching as an integral part of the design epistemology. Furthermore, a categoriza- tion of different dimensions in which sketching can be represented is presented. The main contribution is a discussion of whether this broader view on sketching capacities in design leaves room for fur- ther exploration into extended sketching capacities for design.
Bidragets oversatte titelAbduktiv meningsskabelse via sketching
TidsskriftAkademisk kvarter / Academic Quarter
Sider (fra-til)308-320
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2014


  • sketching
  • abduction
  • sensemaking
  • design thinking
  • design
  • abductive