Article: Jon Kolko, Abductive Thinking and Sensemaking: The Drivers of Design Synthesis
Designers continually describe design as a way of organizing complexity or finding clarity in chaos. Synthesis reveals a cohesion and sense of continuity; synthesis indicates a push towards organization, reduction, and clarity. Yet despite the acknowledged importance of this phase of the design process, there continues to appear something magical about synthesis when encountered in professional practice.
Kolko, Jon (2010), “Abductive Thinking and Sensemaking: The Drivers of Design Synthesis”. In MIT’s Design Issues: Volume 26, Number 1 Winter 2010.