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Design Research and Ambiguity

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Publication date21/12/2021
Host publication14th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Safe Harbours for Design Research
Place of PublicationSão Paulo
PublisherBlucher Publishing House
Pages291-297
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9786555060683
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event14th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Safe Harbours for Design Research -
Duration: 12/10/202115/10/2021
Conference number: 14
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Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD2021
Period12/10/2115/10/21
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Publication series

NameBlucher Design Proceedings
PublisherBlucher
Number5
Volume9
ISSN (Electronic)2318-6968

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD2021
Period12/10/2115/10/21
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Abstract

Design Research is powerful, promising and increasingly popular, but it is also ambiguous, broad, and contested. In this paper we draw upon interviews with leading Design Researchers and argue that some facets of this ambiguity hamper Design Research’s maturation. This limits the effectiveness of Design to respond to the 21st century’s entwined and complex problems. We argue that by understanding why this ambiguity exists and, where possible, attenuating its effects, the field will be galvanised and its ability to impact the world amplified. This work establishes that we may benefit from being clearer about what we mean when we talk about Design Research and explores some strategies for achieving this.