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The wickedness of design research practices: Methodological issues in bringing knowledge to expression through design
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the 5th International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2013, IASDR'13: “Consilience and Innovation in Design”, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we review existing literature in design research to see to what extent it provides a basis for meeting the methodological challenges that we encounter in our own practice- based design research. Seemingly, much attention is given to describing the results and types of knowledge that design research may provide, the purposes those may serve and by what yardsticks those results may be evaluated. Another focal area seems to be the form(-ats) in which the results of design research are presented and disseminated. What is often missing, however, are detailed accounts of the roles that design practice plays that can be picked up and used by others doing design research. This is unfortunate, as it is often such methodological structures that we struggle with. The emergence of ‘design research practices’ entails something more than mere combinations of design practice and academic research. Research typically has the objective of knowledge production; practice has the objective of creating the right thing by solving a set of problems. Considered a ‘new’ kind of design practice, design research practice seems to be more about problem finding through the design and creation of things that bring knowledge to expression. Thus, the process by which it achieves this must be uncovered and articulated. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
design research practice, design theory, design practice, conceptual circles, wicked problems
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Design Human Computer Interaction
Research subject
Aesthetics; History Of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-76281OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-76281DiVA: diva2:635956
Conference
5th International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2013, IASDR'13
Available from: 2013-07-08 Created: 2013-07-08 Last updated: 2015-11-13Bibliographically approved

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