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The Research Paper as an Object of Communication in Industrial Design Educations

The Research Paper as an Object of Communication in Industrial Design Educations

Year: 2014

Section: Design Education Methods

Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits

Author: Bente Dahl Thomsen (1), Lars Botin (2)

Series: E&PDE

Institution: 1Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, 2Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University

Section: Design Education Methods

Pages: 048-053

ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Design research approach, science studies, object of communication

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