The Research Paper as an Object of Communication in Industrial Design Educations
DS 78: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14), Design Education and Human Technology Relations, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 04-05.09.2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: Dahl Thomsen, Bente; Botin, Lars
Institution: 1Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, 2Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University
Section: Design Education Methods
The writing of research papers gives students at industrial design education’s the opportunity to gain experience with design research and papers as an object of communication. Design research is an interdisciplinary field that is both relatively new and also has a fuzzy borderline to the professional disciplines which designers usually work with or compete with. Design research is in nature quite an abstract field of science, which is a big problem for students who for first time are going to design a scientific approach for their study’s field. It is an interesting problem because it reflects a symptom of design research in general. In order to exemplify and provide an overview of useful approaches, this study develops archetypal design research approaches where the abstraction level is adjusted so that they represent a real support for new researchers.