Design Research Research

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By bringing together people in various positions and relations to the Master Industrial Design (MID) department of the KABK, this publication aims to show the many understandings of design research and the commonalities and differences amongst them.

It asks how these perspectives could be drawn upon by the MID department, in order to create a slightly more stable and shared ground to depart from and come back to, and to incite conversations on the challenges and the joys of research within the framework of Industrial Design.

With contributions by:
Alice Twemlow, Lector Design at KABK, elaborates on the longstanding distinction between research for, into and through design. She stresses the purpose of doing research, which according to her is making findings public.

Saskia van Stein, head of the MA programme Critical Inquiry Lab at Design Academy Eindhoven, speaks about artistic research, the importance of embodied research, and the challenges of and for the field of design.

Design anthropologist Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, Toronto, reflects on the importance of conducting research as part of the design process to better understand and test the student’s assumptions and the implications of what they want to do before putting something out into the world. ︎︎︎Drawing on ‘all your relations’: Research as a wat to check assumptions and ethics

MID tutors Yassine Salihine and Shailoh Phillips share how they understand ‘design research’ and how they translate their ideas concretely in their classes.

And then, Honor Newman, Sandipan Nath, Elena Genesio and Johanna Günzl, all alumni of the MID programme, share their experiences of studying at the programme. They speak specifically about the research semester in the first part of the second year and how from there they developed their graduation projects. They generously offer insights into their design research processes in relation to their personal goals and interests, and elaborate on the steps they took. Their reflections, one or two years in hindsight, show how important and formative this experience has been to them.

Graphic design: Mahtab Zamanifar