Design research: a revolution-waiting-to-happen

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Design Studies, 2008, 29 (1), pp. 4 - 11
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The views of Kees Dorst, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design on the design research community, which has developed so much and is showing signs of being in a period now that is prior to a revolution are presented. The models of design processes that have been developed over the years have proven to be a very powerful tool in the development of design practice and design education. The designers still tend to 'bracket' the designer and the design context, perhaps because they are so complicated and open-ended. There are two fundamentally different ways of looking at design process, those of rational problem solving and reflective practice. Higher-level design activities like those performed by senior designers do not seem to be part of the design research agenda. The design activities of professional designers are changing under the influence of globalization, the coming of the digital age, the imperative to create a sustainable world, and the fragmentation of value systems in western societies.
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