The role of prototypes and frameworks for structuring explorations by research through design

Authored by: Pieter Jan Stappers , Froukje Sleeswijk Visser , Ianus Keller

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415706070
eBook ISBN: 9781315758466
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636250


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The relation between design and research is rapidly maturing. For one, research methods have become an accepted, even standard, part of design practice and (academic) design education. But equally important, there is a growing number of researchers who have a background in design, and who make active use of their design skills in research projects. This chapter is based on a series of design research PhD projects, carried out over the past decade at ID-StudioLab in Delft University of Technology in which designing played a prominent part in the research.

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