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HORSES, ELEPHANTS AND CAMELS..CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY USER-CENTRED DESIGN RESEARCH

HORSES, ELEPHANTS AND CAMELS..CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY USER-CENTRED DESIGN RESEARCH

Year: 2010

Section: DESIGN PROCESSES

Editor: Marjanovic D., Storga M., Pavkovic N., Bojcetic N.

Author: Chamberlain, P.

Section: DESIGN PROCESSES

Pages: 163-172

Abstract

User-centred research methodologies are often adopted to inform design practice. This paper proposes a case for the key role of design practice, and the value of artefacts, as a fundamental methodological approach to user-centred research. Three design case studies highlight the value of interdisciplinary collaborations and the challenges and limitations of more tradtional user-centred research methods. The paper helps define the role of design as research, and the key role of artefacts as tools to access tacit knowledge and as tools to aid communication in the context of research.

Keywords: industrial design, user-centred, interdisciplinarity

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DESIGN 2010 - 11th International Design ConferenceCreative thinking, computational synthesis, environmental concerns, structural complexity, mechatronics, modelling of engineering processes, decision making, research quality, product development, embodiment, ... Each of these terms covers a range of activities, practical efforts and research streams. Excerpted from the DESIGN 2010 topic and workshop titles these terms epitomise the multi-dimensional nature of design that gathers all of the authors and participants to the DESIGN conference events. Our...

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