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Research-led practice in design research used to best demonstrate design theories


Kuys, B and Thong, C and Kotlarewski, N and Thompson-Whiteside, S, Research-led practice in design research used to best demonstrate design theories, Proceedings of 'Design's Big Debates', Design Research Society Conference, 16-19 June 2014, Umea University, Sweden, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9789176010686 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]



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There is contention in the design research community surrounding the legitimacy of industrial design practice used in design research in academia. This study claims that research-led practice in design research within the context of universities through industry-sponsored projects is deserving of scholarly recognition. It can be argued that research-led practice in design research provides a platform for demonstrating the applicability of design theories in practice. Design practice is inspired and directed by research where concepts generated through industrial design practice provide evidence that research-led industrial design practice has the ability to generate a new body of knowledge. It is the research that informs decisions concerning the design process; and by default informing practice of ‘research-led industrial design practice’. To substantiate this, two research-led industrial design practice case studies from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia are highlighted to show how design theories are used in practice to benefit industries separate to academic environments.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:academic research, case studies, industrial design, industry, research-led practice
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Design history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kotlarewski, N (Dr Nathan Kotlarewski)
ID Code:109617
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2016-06-23
Last Modified:2016-08-10
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