Emergence as a Feature of Practice-based Design Research

Gaver, Bill, Krogh, Peter Gall, Boucher, Andy and Chatting, David (2022) Emergence as a Feature of Practice-based Design Research. In: Designing Interactive Systems Conference. ACM, New York, USA, pp. 517-526. ISBN 9781450393584

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Practice-based design research is often emergent. Methods, tactics, goals and even topics can unfold and change as researchers adapt and learn in the course of their projects. This adaptability is one of the strengths of design as an approach to research, but it seems to contradict assumptions about research as a systematic, inquiry-led investigation. This leads to a tension in practicing and reporting research that we unpack here, before making a series of suggestions for practice-based researchers and reviewers about how to better navigate emergence when pursuing, reporting and evaluating practice-based design research.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: design practice, design research, emergence, research through design
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 09:07
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 09:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49782

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