Design Research Methodology

11 Jun 2004 - 2:46am
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14 Jun 2004 - 6:20am
Priya Prakash

Check this out. Its a great book from Brenda Laurel precisely covering this
>From Amazon:
The tools of design research, writes Brenda Laurel, will allow designers "to claim and direct the power of their profession." Often neglected in the various curricula of design schools, the new models of design research described in this book help designers to investigate people, form, and process in ways that can make their work more potent and more delightful. "At the very least," Peter Lunenfeld writes in the preface, "design research saves us from reinventing the wheel. At its best, a lively research methodology can reinvigorate the passion that so often fades after designers join the profession." The goal of the book is to introduce designers to the many research tools that can be used to inform design as well as to ideas about how and when to deploy them effectively. The chapter authors come from diverse institutions and enterprises, including Stanford University, MIT, Intel, Maxis, Studio Anybody, Sweden?s HUMlab, and Big Blue Dot. Each has something to say about how designers make themselves better at what they do through research, and illustrates it with real world examples--case studies, anecdotes, and images. Topics of this multi-voice conversation include qualitative and quantitative methods, performance ethnography and design improvisation, trend research, cultural diversity, formal and structural research practice, tactical discussions of design research process, and case studies drawn from areas as unique as computer games, museum information systems, and movies. Interspersed throughout the book are one-page "demos," snapshots of the design research experience. Design Research charts the paths from research methods to research findings to design principles to design results and demonstrates the transformation of theory into a richly satisfying and more reliably successful practice.

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Could anyone guide me some idea about the current state of play of 'design research methodologies' in the global industry & academia.

What I intend to understand is how 'Design Research Methodologies' exist today vis-à-vis the whole paraphernalia of 'Experience Design'. This, according to my knowledge, is a relatively new discipline that is trying to bring together traditional branches of qualitative and quantitative methods of user research, performance ethnography, Industrial design disciplines, trend research, cultural diversity etc. under one roof and deliver 'sustained innovation' as an output.

Any information about how 'Design Research' as a discipline is gaining popularity, getting organizational buy-in and communities that are specialized in this, would be really appreciated.

Kaushik Ghosh
Sr. User Researcher
Human Factors International - World Wide Wonderland

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