In this paper, I will argue that the design research community, which has flourished so much in the last 40 years, shows signs of being in a period now that is prior to such a ‘revolution’. Such periods are characterised by a mounting number of anomalies, and by the response from those working within the ‘normal science’ paradigm to ignore them, belittle them, or push them away as irrelevant because they do not fit in ‘the way we see things’. Their normal way of working is under threat, and this makes them acutely uncomfortable. The concepts that are under fire in this revolution-waiting-to-happen are the core concepts of our field. I think we should reconsider the very nature of the object of our studies (what do we consider to be ‘design’�), the character of the tools and methods we aim to create, and the way we create them.