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"Businesses and the HCI and Interaction Design" communities have embraced design and design research. Design research as a field blends methodologies from several disciplines - sociology, engineering, software, philosophy, industrial design, HCI/interaction design - so designers can learn from past successes and failure and don't have to reinvent the wheel for each new design (whether it's a digital product, a building, an airplane or furniture). They take into account form, function, and, ultimately, users. Many books exist in the research and academic realm for this field, but none create a usable bridge to design practice. Although business people are embracing design, they are not going to become designers. Design researchers need tools to apply their research in the real world. "Design Research through Practice" takes advanced design practice as its starting point, but enriches it to build a design process than can respond to both academic and practical problems. The aims of the book are to study three design research traditions that cover methodological directions in current leading research community. Taking you from the Lab, Field and to the Showroom, Ilpo Koskinen and his group of researchers show you successful traditions in design research that have been integrated into processes and products. Bridging the gap from design research to design practice, this is a must have for any designer. This title brings together design research experts from traditional lab science, social science, industrial design, UX and HCI to lend tried and tested practices and how they can be used in a variety of design projects. It provides a multidisciplinary story of the whole design process, including proven and teachable techniques grounded in theory than can respond to both academic and practical problems. It presents key examples that illustrate how research is applied and vignettes that summarize the key how-to details of specific projects (timelines, resources needed, skills needed, etc.).
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Design Research Through Practice will quickly become a book that is critical to own whether you are new to design research, an expert at design research, or someone who collaborates with design researchers. The classifications of Lab, Field, and Showroom are useful and workable categories that help researchers to understand design research as an intentional byproduct of what designers do naturally -- envision and prototype a better future through the creation of artifacts, environments, services and systems. This book is a must-read!-Jodi Forlizzi, Associate Professor of Design and HCI, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University Design Research Through Practice demonstrates how different traditions of collaborative constructions have bridged the gap between understanding and making, and theoretical and actual solutions... This is a thoughtful examination of exemplary practice and an inspirational foundation for others to refelct and build upon.--from the foreword by Jane Fulton Suri, Managing Partner; Creative Director, IDEO

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The missing link between design research and design practice for today's (and tomorrow's) digital products

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Foreword by Jane Fulton Suri Preface Chapter 1: Constructive Design Research Chapter 2: The Coming Age of Constructive Design Research Chapter 3: Research Programs Chapter 4: Lab: Can You Really Study Design in a Laboratory? Chapter 5: Field: How to Follow Design through Society Chapter 6: Showroom: Research Meets Design and Art Chapter 7: How to Work with Theory Chapter 8: Design Things: Models, Scenarios, Prototypes Chapter 9: Constructive Design Research in Society Chapter 10: Building Research Programs

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Design Research Through Practice will quickly become a book that is critical to own whether you are new to design research, an expert at design research, or someone who collaborates with design researchers. The classifications of Lab, Field, and Showroom are useful and workable categories that help researchers to understand design research as an intentional byproduct of what designers do naturally -- envision and prototype a better future through the creation of artifacts, environments, services and systems. This book is a must-read!-Jodi Forlizzi, Associate Professor of Design and HCI, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University Design Research Through Practice demonstrates how different traditions of collaborative constructions have bridged the gap between understanding and making, and theoretical and actual solutions... This is a thoughtful examination of exemplary practice and an inspirational foundation for others to refelct and build upon.--from the foreword by Jane Fulton Suri, Managing Partner; Creative Director, IDEO "This resource focuses on an emerging type of design research for digital products called constructive design research, concentrating on research conducted in the laboratory, the field, and the showroom. The design models, scenarios, prototypes, and case examples described offer insight on how to do constructive design research and how to build research programs. The book's visual appeal is enhanced with color photos, cartoons, diagrams, screenshots, and charts. It is for graduate and doctoral students in industrial and interactive design, product design engineering, and in emerging fields of design such as services and sustainability. The non-technical writing style and many examples will also make the book useful for practicing designers."--Reference and Research Book News, Inc.

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