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

Other | September 29, 2011

byIlpo Koskinen, Ilpo Koskinen, John Zimmerman...

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Design Research Through Practice: From the Lab, Field, and Showroom focuses on one type of contemporary design research known as constructive design research. It looks at three approaches to constructive design research: Lab, Field, and Showroom. The book shows how theory, research practice, and the social environment create commonalities between these approaches. It illustrates how one can successfully integrate design and research based on work carried out in industrial design and interaction design.

The book begins with an overview of the rise of constructive design research, as well as constructive research programs and methodologies. It then describes the logic of studying design in the laboratory, design ethnography and field work, and the origins of the Showroom and its foundation on art and design rather than on science or the social sciences. It also discusses the theoretical background of constructive design research, along with modeling and prototyping of design items. Finally, it considers recent work in Lab that focuses on action and the body instead of thinking and knowing.

Many kinds of designers and people interested in design will find this book extremely helpful.



  • 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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Design Research Through Practice: From the Lab, Field, and Showroom focuses on one type of contemporary design research known as constructive design research. It looks at three approaches to constructive design research: Lab, Field, and Showroom. The book shows how theory, research practice, and the social environment create commonalit...

Format:OtherDimensions:224 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:September 29, 2011Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0123855039

ISBN - 13:9780123855039

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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