Tag Archives: Design research

Norman, D. A., & Verganti, R. (2014). Incremental and radical innovation: Design research vs. technology and meaning change. Design Issues, 30(1), 78-96.

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User-centered or human-centered design (HCD) has an iterative cycle of investigation including observation, ideation, rapid prototyping and testing. According to Norman, HCD can only lead to incremental enhancements of the product. This process can be compared to the mathematical procedure … Continue reading

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Boling, E. & Smith, K.M. The Design Case: Rigorous Design Knowledge for Design Practice. Interactions September-October 2012. pp. 48-53.

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The article is a discussion of utility and requirements for good design cases. According to the authors, while almost any design case can be useful for designers, only few are really trustworthy, i.e. rigorous. It is a bit difficult to … Continue reading

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MARTI, P. AND BANNON, L.J. 2009. Exploring User-Centred Design in Practice: Some Caveats. Knowledge, Technology & Policy 22, 1, 7

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Marti and Bannon [Marti and Bannon 2009] re-iterate UCD from its now well-established definitions and foundation (see [Norman and Draper 1986] [Gould and Lewis 1985; Gould et al. 1991] and ISO 13407) via the key principles by Gulliksen et al. … Continue reading

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Teegavarapu, S. & Summers, J.D, Case study method for design research, ASME2008

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This paper is for those who do not have the time to read Yin’s case study research book. This paper picks up the main points of that book: Five components of research: case study questions case study propositions units of … Continue reading

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Kuutti, K. (2011) Out of the Shadow of Simon: Artifacts, Practices, and History in Design Research, in Proc. Doctoral Education in Design Conference 2011

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The paper discusses and critiques the usage of natural science model of theory in design research. Kuutti argues that the subject matter of design and thus also design research is such that any timeless theory is incapable of handling it. … Continue reading

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