Design and the
Growth of Knowledge

November 10, 2005

Design needs Research. But Research needs Design as well...



Over the past decade, doing research has emerged as an important aspect of innovative, user-centered design. However, the reverse is often overlooked - namely, that design is an important part of doing research. Design generates knowledge. Knowledge that is difficult to acquire by other means, especially in interdisciplinary areas, and that can be used beyond the product that was designed. However, the traditional story of science, as told by academic journals, emphasizes the evaluation of existing ideas, leaving the generation of new ideas underexposed. Because designerly ways of doing research have become more prominent not only for product development, but also for research, research management and policy, it is important to acquire a better understanding of this phenomenon.

Design and the Growth of Knowledge

To extend this understanding, we are hosting a one day symposium on Thursday 10 November at TU Delft. Aim of the symposium is to develop a common understanding of design as an important part of research, and to provide some examples and insight in 'best practice'.

Joining us to discuss the ties between research and design are the internationally reknown experts:

Brenda Laurel

brenda: known of her work at Apple, Interval, Atari and books as 'Computers as Theatre' and 'Design Research'.

Gillian Crampton Smith

gillian: known of the Royal College of Art and Interaction Design Institute Ivrea.

Kun-Pyo Lee

lee: of the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

The day will be moderated by

John Thackara

thackara: of the Doors of Perception.

morning presentations (public)

The morning programme consists of a series of public presentations. The event will begin at 9.30 AM and end at 12.30 PM. Admission is free, and designers, students, and researchers, especially in the fields of interaction design, people-centered design, and experience-centered design are invited to attend.

afternoon workshops (invitation only)

The afternoon programme is invitation-only workshop, in which professionals from diverse backgrounds discuss their experience in designing as a form of research. Participants include design researchers from universities, research institutes and small innovation companies; design/research managers from industry; policy makers from industry, overnment and organisations combining arts and technology. This small group of mixed backgrounds is made so we can have cross-fertilization of different perspectives in the workshops.


Proceedings of the symposium have been made available for free download. Use the links on the right-hand sidebar under 'downloads' to get your favorite format.


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