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Research for Designers by Gjoko Muratovski

Research for Designers

by Gjoko Muratovski

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The stated aim of the book is to introduce designers and emerging design researchers to some of the most commonly used research approaches, and in general it does a fine job of doing so. A particular strength, in my opinion, is that qualitative methods, quantitative methods and visual research methods are all introduced in fairly accessible ways and treated more or less equally, which is very helpful from the point of view of design research. There are some minor concerns on this level, such as the account of "user-centered design research" as a sub-category of quantitative research and based solely on the usability processes of IBM -- apparently oblivious to the 40 years of academic research in the field. My main concern with the book is on a higher level, however. In my opinion, the author fails to provide a clear image of the big-picture relation between design and research. The general discussion in early chapters confuses more than it clarifies, there is no sense of grasping the significance of design practice as part of knowledge production, and the distinction between researching to produce a design brief and researching to produce knowledge is not very carefully addressed. All in all, I expect the book to be a helpful resource for excerpts on methods and techniques when teaching design research to design students, but not a standalone textbook.
  jonas.lowgren | Jan 25, 2016 |
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