One of the key claims of Insight through making is that Effective system design requires insights drawn from serious contexts of use. But Great tool-makers are often not great tool-users, and vice-versa, so it’s difficult to create powerful contexts for thinking thorough making. Groups researching tools for thought need enough capacity to build prototypes suitable for serious work. One approach is to closely pair a tool-maker with a tool-user. Ideally they’re deeply immersed in each other’s work, perhaps to the point that they can produce (bad) original insight in their counterpart’s domain.
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