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Designfest ®

design |de' zin|
noun

1 a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made : he has just unveiled his design for the new museum.

  • the art or action of conceiving of and producing such a plan or drawing : good design can help the reader understand complicated information | the cloister is of late twelfth century design.
  • an arrangement of lines or shapes created to form a pattern or decoration : pottery with a lovely blue and white design.

    2 purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or material object : the appearance of design in the universe.

    verb [ trans. ]

    3 decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), typically by making a detailed drawing of it : a number of architectural students were designing a factory | [as adj. with submodifier ] (designed) specially designed buildings.

  • (often be designed) do or plan (something) with a specific purpose or intention in mind : [ trans. ] the tax changes were designed to stimulate economic growth.

    -fest |fest|
    combining form
    in nouns denoting a festival or large gathering of a specified kind : gabfest | slugfest.
    ORIGIN from German Fest 'festival'

    Forget what you know about DesignFest. No, really, forget it.

    DesignFest is new this year. We are going to celebrate and explore the design process. Where is the line between building and designing? Where is the line between art and engineering? We are going to explore this question by having teams of attendees attack the same problem in different ways including: traditional methodologies, test-driven design, prototyping, and scrap-heap programming. At the end of the session, the teams will participate in a round-table discussion of the various artifacts produced and the relative merits of the various design approaches.

    For more information regarding DesignFest or to submit problems that you would like to see attendees tackle, please contact the DesignFest co-chairs, Don Roberts and John Brant, at designfest@oopsla.org.