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

by Ilpo Koskinen

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In academia, there is a growing interest in the kind of research where design activities form part of the knowledge construction. This book is the first survey of such research at the intersection of interaction design and industrial design, and as such it fills a notable gap on the bookshelves of interaction design researchers and PhD students. It has several obvious strengths, including: The neologism of "constructive design research" that might provide a fresh start for methodological discourse beyond various interpretations and exegetics of "research-through-design"; the overall structure of Lab, Field and Showroom delineating three main approaches to constructive design research; the consistent grounding in well-narrated examples of constructive design research; the careful historical grounding of concepts and examples. Personally, however, I find the book to suffer from indetermination in the sense that the topic is really most pertinent to researchers and PhD students, but the stated audience includes MA/MSc students, and the style and apparatus of the book is mostly undergraduate-like with its summaries, summaries of summaries, sidebars, fictitious quotes, and the relegation of all deliberation to tiny chapter end notes. Nevertheless, it is the first coherent survey on a topic of growing academic importance within interaction design, and as such it deserves to be commended.
  jonas.lowgren | Dec 8, 2011 |
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Businesses and the HCI and Interaction Design communities have embraced design and design research. Design research as a field blends methodologies from several disciplines - sociology, engineering, software, philosophy, industrial design, HCI/interaction design -- so designers can learn from past successes and failure and don't have to reinvent the wheel for each new design (whether it's a digital product, a building, an airplane or furniture). They take into account form, function, and, ultimately, users.

Many books exist in the research and academic realm for this field, but none create a usable bridge to design practice. Although business people are embracing design, they are not going to become designers. Design researchers need tools to apply their research in the real world.

Design Research through Practice takes advanced design practice as its starting point, but enriches it to build a design process than can respond to both academic and practical problems. The aims of the book are to study three design research traditions that cover methodological directions in current leading research community. Taking you from the Lab, Field and to the Showroom, Ilpo Koskinen and his group of researchers 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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Businesses and the HCI and Interaction Design communities have embraced design and design research. Design research as a field blends methodologies from several disciplines - sociology, engineering, software, philosophy, industrial design, HCI/interaction design -- so designers can learn from past successes and failure and don't have to reinvent the wheel for each new design (whether it's a digital product, a building, an airplane or furniture). They take into account form, function, and, ultimately, users. Many books exist in the research and academic realm for this field, but none create a usable bridge to design practice. Although business people are embracing design, they are not going to become designers. Design researchers need tools to apply their research in the real world. Design Research through Practice takes advanced design practice as its starting point, but enriches it to build a design process than can respond to both academic and practical problems. The aims of the book are to study three design research traditions that cover methodological directions in current leading research community. Taking you from the Lab, Field and to the Showroom, Ilpo Koskinen and his group of researchers 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.… (more)

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