|(design research map by Elizabeth Sanders)|
I am very interested in how people function and interact with their environments as well as with the "things" in those environments. Therefore, I am also interested in the scientific research that surrounds such issues. That's why I have this random Design Research Friday series on my blog. But this time, instead of sharing the findings of an experimental study, I would like to share a few different things that discuss design research in general:
- Above is a map, created by Elizabeth Sanders, which outlines the current state of design research. Read more about it here (scroll down to page 13).
- Below is a link to Nigan Bayazit's paper about the history of design research:
Bayazit, N. (2004). Investigating Design: A Review of Forty Years of Design Research. Design Issues, 20(1), p.16-30.
Reading the paper and studying the map made me realise 2 things:
1. Even though the idea of design research seems obvious to me at this point in time, it wasn't always such a concrete matter historically. In fact, it's a relatively recent topic from a scientific perspective. It's interesting to read how design research developed and why.
2. Because our societies and the way we communicate and do things are constantly changing, there will always be adaptations to consider and new things to discover in design research. I find this exciting because it means that design research will always be important, relevant and forever evolving.
If you are curious about design, I'm sure you will find the paper and the map very interesting, especially together. The give a nice quick impression of where design research came from and where it is now. You will surely find yourself thinking, "... and where will it go?". We can theorise, but only time will tell :)
Feel free to leave your thoughts or open a discussion in the comments below.
Have a great weekend!