Design Research Through Practice: From the Lab, Field, and Showroom

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Overview

Many books on design research exist, but none create a usable bridge to design practice. Design Research Through Practice takes advanced design practice as its starting point, but enriches it to build for you a design process that can respond to both academic and practical problems. Mapped throughout the book are three design research approaches covering methodological directions in current leading research communities. Taking you from the Lab, Field and to the Showroom, the authors show you successful traditions in design research that have been integrated into processes and products. Bridging the gap from design research to design practice, this is a must have for any designer.

• Gathers design research experts from traditional lab science, social science, art, industrial design, UX and HCI to lend tested practices and how they can be used in a variety of design projects

• Provides a multidisciplinary story of the whole design process, with proven and teachable techniques that can solve both academic and practical problems

• Presents key examples illustrating how research is applied and vignettes summarizing the key how-to details of specific projects

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Editorial Reviews

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Design Research Through Practice will quickly become a book that is critical to own whether you are new to design research, an expert at design research, or someone who collaborates with design researchers. The classifications of Lab, Field, and Showroom are useful and workable categories that help researchers to understand design research as an intentional byproduct of what designers do naturally — envision and prototype a better future through the creation of artifacts, environments, services and systems. This book is a must-read!-Jodi Forlizzi, Associate Professor of Design and HCI, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Design Research Through Practice demonstrates how different traditions of collaborative constructions have bridged the gap between understanding and making, and theoretical and actual solutions.... This is a thoughtful examination of exemplary practice and an inspirational foundation for others to refelct and build upon.—from the foreword by Jane Fulton Suri, Managing Partner; Creative Director, IDEO

"This resource focuses on an emerging type of design research for digital products called constructive design research, concentrating on research conducted in the laboratory, the field, and the showroom. The design models, scenarios, prototypes, and case examples described offer insight on how to do constructive design research and how to build research programs. The book's visual appeal is enhanced with color photos, cartoons, diagrams, screenshots, and charts. It is for graduate and doctoral students in industrial and interactive design, product design engineering, and in emerging fields of design such as services and sustainability. The non-technical writing style and many examples will also make the book useful for practicing designers."—Reference and Research Book News, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123855022
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/10/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jane Fulton Suri

Preface

Chapter 1: Constructive Design Research

Chapter 2: The Coming Age of Constructive Design Research

Chapter 3: Research Programs

Chapter 4: Lab: Can You Really Study Design in a Laboratory?

Chapter 5: Field: How to Follow Design through Society

Chapter 6: Showroom: Research Meets Design and Art

Chapter 7: How to Work with Theory

Chapter 8: Design Things: Models, Scenarios, Prototypes

Chapter 9: Constructive Design Research in Society

Chapter 10: Building Research Programs

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