Performing high quality research into design practice

Rianne Valkenburg, Maaike Kleinsmann

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This paper deals with the complexity of doing research in design practice. More and more projects and papers appear dealing with this topic and the time has come to draw up the balance sheet. This paper starts with explaining the status of design research until now, in which we indicate the challenges to overcome to become a mature research field. We discuss nine issues which are - according to our experience - important to overcome. Within each issue we indicate the problem that we encounter (or have seen being encountered) while executing design research in practice. For each problem we propose a solution that fit both to the quality standards and methodology of scientific research and to the quality standards required in daily design practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 2, Design Theory and Research Methodology
EditorsM. Norell Bergendahl, M. Grimheden, S. Leifer
PublisherDesign Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-06-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09 - Palo Alto, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Aug 200927 Aug 2009


Conference17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto, CA


  • Design practice
  • Design research
  • Research methodology


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