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2nd Edition

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Edited By

Paul Rodgers


Joyce Yee

  • Available for pre-order on June 27, 2023. Item will ship after July 18, 2023
ISBN 9781032022277
July 18, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
576 Pages 151 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition of The Routledge Companion to Design Research offers an updated, comprehensive examination of design research, celebrating a plurality of voices and range of conceptual, methodological, technological and theoretical approaches evident in contemporary design research.

This volume comprises over forty original and high quality design research chapters from contributors around the world, with offerings from the vast array of disciplines in and around modern design praxis, including areas such as industrial and product design, visual communication, interaction design, fashion design, service design, engineering and architecture. The Companion is divided into five distinct sections with chapters that examine the nature and process of design research, the purpose of design research, and how one might embark on design research. They also explore how leading design researchers conduct their design research through formulating and asking questions in novel ways, and the creative methods and tools they use to collect and analyse data. The Companion also includes a number of case studies that illustrate how one might best communicate and disseminate design research through contributions that offer techniques for writing and publicising research.

The Routledge Companion to Design Research has a wide appeal to researchers and educators in design and design-related disciplines such as engineering, business, marketing, computing, and will make an invaluable contribution to state-of-the-art design research at postgraduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels and teaching across a wide range of different disciplines.

Table of Contents


Paul A. Rodgers and Joyce Yee

PART I - Exploring Design Research

The nature and process of design research; the purpose of design research; onto-epistemic perspectives

PART I Introduction

1. The sometimes uncomfortable marriages of design and research

Ranulph Glanville

2. A cybernetic model of design research: towards a trans-domain of knowing

Wolgang Jonas

3. Inclusive design research and design’s moral foundation

Jude Chua

4. Redesigning design: on pluralizing design

Adam Nocek

5. Decolonizing design research

Frederick M.C. van Amstel

6. Politics of publishing: exploring decolonial and intercultural frameworks for marginalised publics

Rathna Ramanathan

7. Phoneticians, Phoenicians and designers: mapping interdisciplinary research around a medidisciplinary sea

Graham Pullin

8. Four analytic cultures in design research

Ilpo Koskinen

9. Designing technology for more-than-human futures

Paul Coulton and Joe Lindley


PART II - Designing Design Research

Formulating research questions; conducting literature searches and reviews; developing research plans

PART II Introduction

10. What is a researchable question in design?

Meredith Davis

11. Foundational theory and methodological positioning at the outset of a design research project

Rachael Luck

12. Challenging assumptions in social design research undertaken in the global south - India

Alison Prendiville, Delina Evans and Chamithri Greru

13. Respectfully navigating the borderlands towards emergence - co-designing with Indigenous communities

Lizette Reitsma

14. An emancipatory research primer for designers

Lesley Ann Noel

15. From theory to practice: equitable approaches to design research in the design thinking process

Nneka Sobers & Stephanie Parey

16. Re-articulating prevailing notions of design: about designing in the absence of sight and other alternative design realities

Ann Heylighen, Greg Nijs & Carlos Mourão Pereira

17. The soul of objects, an anthropological view of design

Luján Cambariere

18. Exploring research space in fashion: a framework of meaning-making

Harah Chon


PART III - Conducting Design Research

Asking questions; data collection methods; analysing information; ethical issues

PART III Introduction

19. Drawing out: how designers analyze written texts in visual ways

Zoë Sadokierski & Kate Sweetapple

20. A photograph is still evidence of nothing but itself

Craig Bremner & Mark Roxburgh

21. Action research approach in design research

Beatrice Villari

22. Woven decolonizing approaches to design research: Jolobil and Mahi-Toi

Diana Albarrán Gonzalez & Jani Wilson

23. Participation Otherwise: more than southerning the world, designing in movement

Barbara Szaniecki & Zoy Anastassakis

24. The role of prototypes and frameworks for structuring explorations by research through design

Pieter Jan Stappers, Froukje Sleeswijk Visser and Ianus Keller

25. Imagining a feeling-thinking design practice and research from Latin America

María Cristina Ibarra

26. Hacktivism as design research method

Otto von Busch

27. Software Ate Design: creation and destruction of value through design research with data

Chris Speed

28. Working with patient experience

Alison Thomson


PART IV - Translating Design Research

Embarking on transdisciplinary design research, conducting and communicating design research insights, findings, and results effectively; disseminating for impact.

PART IV Introduction

29. Physical thinking: textile making towards transdisciplinary design research

Elizabeth Gaston & Jane Scott

30. People-centred engagement for inclusive material Innovation in healthcare

Laura Salisbury & Chris McGinley

31. Seeing the invisible: revisiting the value of critical tools in design research for social change

Laura Santamaria

32. Practice-based evidence for social innovation: working and learning in complexity

Penny Hagen & Angie Tangaere

33. Collective Dreaming through speculative fiction: developing research worldviews with an interdisciplinary team

Daijiro Mizuno, Kazutoshi Tsuda, Kazuya Kawasaki & Kazunari Masutani

34. Drifting walls: learning from a hybrid design practice

Ruth Morrow

35. Bridging gaps in understanding between researchers who possess design knowledge and those who do not

Michael R. Gibson & Keith M. Owens

36. Probing and filming with strategic results: international design research to explore and refine new product-service concepts

Geke van Dijk & Bas Raijmakers

37. Museum in our Street: social cohesion at street level

Emiel Rijshouwer, Dries De Roeck, Nik Baerten & Pieter Lesage

38. GeoMerce: speculative relationships between nature, technology and capitalism

Giovanni Innella & Gionata Gatto

Celebrating the Plurality of Design Research

Paul A. Rodgers & Joyce Yee

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Paul A. Rodgers is Professor of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management at Strathclyde University, UK. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Design from Middlesex University and a PhD in Product Design Assessment from the University of Westminster. His research explores the discipline of design and how disruptive design interventions can enact positive change in health and social care and elsewhere.

Joyce Yee is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University Design School, UK. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design, an MA in Visual Communication and a PhD in Design. Her research focuses on the role, value and impact of design in areas of service design and social innovation. She is also interested in the role of practice as a form of inquiry and the inherent ‘messiness’ of design methods.