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Design Research as Conceptual Designing: The Manhattan Design Concept

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Design Research as Conceptual Designing : The Manhattan Design Concept. / Ylirisku, S.; Jacucci, G.; Sellen, A.; Harper, R.

In: Interacting with Computers, Vol. 28, No. 5, 01.08.2016, p. 648-663.

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Ylirisku, S, Jacucci, G, Sellen, A & Harper, R 2016, 'Design Research as Conceptual Designing: The Manhattan Design Concept', Interacting with Computers, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 648-663. https://doi.org/10.1093/iwc/iwv040

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Ylirisku, S. ; Jacucci, G. ; Sellen, A. ; Harper, R. / Design Research as Conceptual Designing : The Manhattan Design Concept. In: Interacting with Computers. 2016 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 648-663.

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