Design Research: The Application in Professional Design Practice and Teaching in Design Education

DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Sung, Wooyoung; Giard, Jacques
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Arizona State University, United States
Section: Education and teaching of design, product development, and innovation
Page(s): 047-053
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


Design research has become important in both design education and design practice. For design education, its role is in the identification of problems as well as the understanding of user behavior; for design practice, design research is used to identify new markets and assist in the development of novel products. The latter is referred to as ‘research through design’ and is used principally for the creation of artifacts rather than the building of theory (Findeli, A., Frayling, C.). Although there are many articles and publication about design research, little empirical data are available. The aim of this paper is to better understand the benefits of the application and teaching of design research in two sectors, practice and education. This paper presents the connection between the teaching of design research and its application in practice. Interviews were conducted to examine specific differences between the two groups. Design practitioners and faculty members were interviewed for this study.

Keywords: Design research, design process, problem solving


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