Making meaning happen between ‘us’ and ‘them’

Strategies for bridging gaps in understanding between researchers who possess design knowledge and those working in disciplines outside design

Authored by: Michael R. Gibson , Keith M. Owens

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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Investigators who use knowledge from design to gain insight into current existence, as well as to invent future alternatives to it, often do so as a means to generate research yields that include knowledge and effect – that is, bounded but measurable actions informed by contextualised understanding. Likewise, investigators from outside design, in particular the sciences, also possess the capacity to generate and validate new knowledge that can form the basis for understanding and action, although their endeavours often emphasise the former over the latter. And so, while investigators from within and outside design both possess knowledge of the necessary theories, methods and tools to allow them to gain insight and foment effective change, neither group, working alone, may have the sufficient capacity to achieve larger transformative ends. Changing conditions within which researchers find themselves, and the natural limitations of specialised inquiry, have made this lack increasingly pronounced.

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