'And Conversely': Design Thinking the Nexus of Code and Comp

12 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020

Date Written: May 20, 2020


Has writing ever been relevant to Design Thinking? These subjects are still at odds, if the literature from the respective disciplines is anything to go on. That which “executes” is distinct from that which can be read so for engineers, writing represents “the written” rather than progressive action-- a distinction that seeps into debates about software versus code. Ironically, adding more math to the equation helps solve the problem. While a lot of distance has been covered between the early 1990s, when the paradigm of digital rhetoric emerged, and 2019 when rhetorical code studies arrived, the prevailing assumption is that writing, programming, and design are distinct and hierarchical. Reintegration of applied mathematics into composition pedagogy helps solve the problem of STEM vs. Humanities and indicates the polarity is actually a mirror.

Keywords: Design Thinking, English Composition, Mathematical Linguistics

Suggested Citation

Wigfall, Jacqueline, 'And Conversely': Design Thinking the Nexus of Code and Comp (May 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3606075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3606075

Jacqueline Wigfall (Contact Author)


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