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    A conversation with Philip Cash, Jaap Daalhuizen and Laura Hay, editors of Design Studies Vol. 78. see more

    The latest volume of Design Studies contains a Special Section on Design Research Notes, ‘motivated by the growing need for design research to more actively reflect on, celebrate, and build research quality to mature as a field.’ We spoke with the editors, Philip Cash, Jaap Daalhuizen and Laura Hay, to get their insights about the issue, its contents and what they hope readers will take away. Their answers are edited here as a composite. 


    What are your backgrounds and professional affiliations?

    Philip Cash: In 2012 I received my PhD in engineering design from the University of Bath, UK, and am now an Associate Professor in Engineering Design at DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark. From my starting point in engineering design, I have developed a research focus on design activity and behavioural design, and – most relevant to the Research Notes – issues of research quality in design research. 

    Jaap Daalhuizen: In 2014 I received my PhD in Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology. I am now an associate professor in design methodology at DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark. My research focuses on design processes and methods – a rather unique and core area of research in design. With design methodology being the bridge between research and practice, I also focus on issues of research quality related to design methodology. 

    Laura Hay: In 2015, I received my PhD in engineering systems design from the University of Strathclyde, UK, where I am now a Lecturer in Product Design in the Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management. My research focuses on cognition and neural activity in the product and engineering design process. From a research quality perspective, this includes how we can apply and adapt methods from psychology and neuroscience in a robust way to advance our understanding of design and designers.


    Can you provide a short summary of the special section and its contents?

    Design research is almost uniquely positioned to provide rich research insights from multiple perspectives, with the potential for wide-ranging scientific and societal impact. With this potential comes the responsibility to publish high quality research. In response, the Research Notes aim to enhance and celebrate design research quality. 

    To do this we aim to provide a dedicated platform for research quality discussion, that is both accessible and reflexive; develop concrete, actionable guidance that can be used to improve design research practice; and help in accelerating and democratizing the evolution of design research practices across the community. In doing this, it is our intention to offer a transparent and inclusive platform for discussions around research quality, which promotes dialogue and diverse perspectives going forward. 

    The Research Notes themselves take a starting point in nine major themes (see Fig.1 from the editorial): knowledge construction and asking the right questions; interdisciplinary interactions; research method selection, use, and development; standards, reporting and replicability; research impact on practice and education; design research identity and future agenda; research ethics; mapping and understanding development in design research; and studies of design methods. However, these are by no means exhaustive, and we encourage new themes and discussions. 


    Figure 1: Overview and summary of the nine emerging design research quality themes (Cash, Daalhuizen, et al., 2022)


    We also had some great contributions setting the tone and standard for the Research Notes going forward. Notably, not all themes attracted a publication so there is a huge call to action implicit in this initial collection!

    Goldschmidt and Matthews (2022) highlight the importance of well framed research questions and propose the RIN.AFE framework for question formulation, providing a key foundation for evaluating research questions and their characteristics in design research. 

    McComb and Jablokow (2022) discuss the challenges faced by the design research community in balancing a multidisciplinary tradition against consolidation around core disciplinary foundations and in response propose the Degrees of Disciplinarity Framework. 

    Cash et al. (2022) highlight the challenges associated with sampling in design research, and bring together guidance from related fields to outline a sample development process and eight key sampling considerations. 

    Hay et al. (2022) discuss functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as an emerging method for design neurocognition research, and propose a study development process that addresses specific issues associated with neuroimaging in a design context. 

    Rangarajan et al. (2022) explore the challenges associated with design studies on the subjective, cultural, and contextual dimensions of affective quality, and propose descriptive phenomenology as a qualitative approach to this area. 

    Surma-aho and Holtta-Otto (2022) examine the nature of empathy in design research, identifying core concepts and operationalizations that can drive future empathy research in design. 

    Abraham (2022) discusses ideation in artistic creativity and identifies three core context factors that translate to the study of design creativity and thus provides guidance to improve design research quality in this area. This Research Note also exemplifies how scholars from adjacent fields can provide valuable insights from their own disciplinary perspective. 

    Prochner and Godin (2022) examine possible standards for quality in Research Through Design (RtD) and provide guidance to improve planning, reporting, assessment, and discussions of quality. 

    Zielhuis et al. (2022) explore perspectives on how design research impacts design practice, as well as different ways of achieving this. They point to key barriers that can stand in the way of realising impact and provide guidance for researchers and funding bodies. 

    van Oorschot et al. (2022) describe seven key dimensions for classifying participation in design research, spanning researcher, project, knowledge construction, reporting, and methodology. 

    Gray (2022) examines how we can formalise understanding of what methods are and how they function by describing method creation and the knowledge that informs this. He also identifies how elements of methods connect to their use and performance by designers. 

    Together these form a really diverse set of papers, which also point to numerous areas of opportunity for future submissions. 


    Are there any insights into design research that surprised you when you were editing the issue?

    The thing that most surprised us was the overwhelming degree of interest and positive support for this project from across the community, including researchers from the Design Research Society and the Design Society; at different careers stages including PhD, mid-, and more senior; and reflecting almost every methodological and philosophical background in the field. The initial call for abstracts attracted more than 140 researchers!

    It seems that the desire to mature the design research tradition is there, and hopefully the Research Notes will provide one stepping stone towards this.


    What do you hope readers will learn from the special section?

    In the longer-term we hope that the Research Notes will help design researchers:

    • To provide a common forum for research quality discussions, which enhances their perceived importance and accessibility to the field.
    • To develop an evolving reference source for best practices in research methodology, theory development, and scholarship, connecting quality insights and actionable guidance within the field of design.
    • To create a platform for reflecting on the quality of design research, in relation to research quality discussions within the field as well as in related fields.

    The current set of papers provide a fantastic start to this endeavour and already include several useful guides, frameworks, and discussions that researchers can use to concretely improve their own work.

    Find links to all of the above articles and read the issue in full here



    Abraham, A. (2022). Creativity or Creativities? Why Context Matters. Design Studies78, 101060.

    Cash, P., Daalhuizen, J., & Hay, L. (2022). Editorial: Design Research Notes. Design Studies78, 101079.

    Cash, P., Isaksson, O., Maier, A., & Summers, J. D. (2022). Sampling in Design Research: Eight Key Considerations. Design Studies78, 101077.

    Goldschmidt, G., & Matthews, B. (2022). Formulating design research questions: A framework. Design Studies78, 101062.

    Gray, C. (2022). Languaging Design Methods. Design Studies78, 101076.

    Hay, L., Duffy, A., Gilbert, S., & Grealy, M. (2022). Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in design studies: methodological considerations, challenges, and recommendations. Design Studies78, 101078.

    McComb, C., & Jablokow, K. (2022). A Conceptual Framework for Multidisciplinary Design Research with Example Application to Agent-Based Modeling. Design Studies78, 101074.

    Prochner, I., & Godin, D. (2022). Quality in Research Through Design Projects: Recommendations for Evaluation and Enhancement. Design Studies78, 101061.

    Rangarajan, V., Onkar, P., De Kruiff, A., & Barron, D. (2022). A Descriptive Phenomenological Approach to Perception of Affective Quality in Design Inspiration. Design Studies78, 101072.

    Surma-aho, A., & Holtta-Otto, K. (2022). Conceptualization and Operationalization of Empathy in Design Research. Design Studies78, 101075.

    Van Oorschot, R., Snelders, D., Kleinsmann, M., & Buur, J. (2022). Participation in Design Research. Design Studies78, 101073.

    Zielhuis, M., Sleeswijk Visser, F. S., Andriessen, D., & Stappers, P. J. (2022). Making design research relevant for design practice: what’s in the way? Design Studies78, 101063.

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    'Crafters, explorers, innovators, and co-creators: Narratives in designers’ identity work' awarded. see more

    The DRS recently awarded the 2020 Best Paper in Design Research to 'Crafters, explorers, innovators, and co-creators: Narratives in designers’ identity work'. We reached out to Professor Tua Björklund, one of the article's co-authors, to learn more about her work and the authors' process behind the winning article.

    Can you tell us a bit more about the context of the article? 

    We started out looking at design practices across different stakeholders in an international design agency. However, identity was something that emerged in the interviews with interesting dynamics - designers were shifting their narratives of design work hand in hand with different facets of their own identities and their organization. At the same time, despite representing a wide variety of specializations, nationalities and experience levels, the same stories around crafting, learning, innovating and co-creation kept popping up. Having a stable "home base" community connection was an importance balance for the inherent uncertainty connected to novelty in creative work.

    What does "design research" mean to you?

    Herbert Simon's take on design as "changing existing situations into preferred ones" really resonates with me - design comes in so many shapes and sorts, yet despite subfield specifics, there's an underlying focus in research of trying to understand this creation process.

    How has the DRS supported your work in design research?

    DRS conferences and publications provide a great forum for design researchers across different disciplines to share their thoughts and discuss. I find this interaction really valuable.

    What are your hopes for the future of design research?

    I hope the active dialog between theory and practice will continue, and that design research can further consolidate connections across disciplines to form a solid, evidence-based understanding of effective design practices. Many design-relevant phenomena like framing connect to several fields, and design has a lot to offer in developing theoretical frameworks with wide applicability.

    Do you have any favourite design research resources?

    Design Studies is a great way to stay not only on top of current research, but I also like to incorporate many of the study results and cases into my teaching.

    Where can people find out more about you and your work?

    www.designfactory.aalto,fi, or @TuaBjorklund on Twitter.


    You can find the full paper at this link: 

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    Editorial insights on the latest Special Section on sticky notes in Design Studies Vol. 76. see more

    Bo T. Christensen, Copenhagen Business School

    Kim Halskov, Aarhus University

    The latest issue of Design Studies, Volume 76, contains a Special Section on sticky notes in design, guest edited by Bo T. Christensen and Kim Halskov. We sat down with Bo and Kim to ask them a bit more about the section and their editorial process. 


    Why is an investigation of sticky notes especially relevant to design research?
    This special section is devoted to the roles played by the ubiquitous sticky note in design activities. The topic was motivated by the observation that sticky notes have become omnipresent in many types of collaborative design across the past few decades. It now seems almost inescapable that when engaging in collaborative design projects (particularly with users and non-experts) that you will also have a block of sticky notes in hand. Yet, in looking towards the literature on design support tools and design materials, little theorizing has evolved as to why that is, and what important roles sticky notes play in design processes.

    This kind of sticky note practice is now extremely common, with a host of creativity techniques now utilizing sticky-notes-on-boards, now also extending into digitized
    What interested you in the topic of sticky notes?
    Our interest stem from the realization that we actually do not know very much about the use of sticky note in design practice. We only know a little about why sticky notes are used, we have a limited understanding of exactly how socio-material interaction with the small yellow notes plays out in practice, and what this type of interaction implies for design cognition and collaboration. With this special section, we aimed to help rectify this gap in the literature.
    Can you provide a short summary of the issue and its contents?
    This special section is about the the roles played by the ubiquitous sticky note in design activities and includes four research articles:
    Ball, Christensen & Halskov explore how the sticky notes support design thinking and collaboration. They show that sticky notes have inherent properties (paper, size, shape, color and stickiness) that afford a set of unique activities, associated with their ability to be related, re-configured, categorized, and decomposed.
    Ben Matthews, Khan, Snow, Schlosser, Salisbury & Sarah Matthews highlight the socio-material dimensions of sticky notes, and the value of adopting a socio-material analysis to the study of design materials.
    Rakova and Fedorenko investigate how sticky notes challenge the historical hierarchies of South Korean corporate culture. Using actor-network theory, the authors unveil the fact that sticky notes not only support human action but also co-direct it. The analysis also demonstrates that sticky notes democratize design processes by enabling collaborators to work in equal positions, and that sticky notes support low-ranking collaborative participants by muting high-ranking ones.
    Christensen and Abildgaard explore how design teams move sticky notes around on boards. The study is motivated by the unique affordances of sticky notes, tangible and sticky, and reveals that through their moving, sticky notes become related to other sticky notes, form associations, categories, and build relational structures.
    How did you decide which papers to include in the special issue? How do they connect to or differ from each other?
    We wanted to demonstrate the breadth of contemporary sticky notes research with respect to scope (e.g. cognition, collaboration, creativity, design methods) and theoretical foundation (design material, actor-network theory), and also with respect to research method (ethnography, video analysis, literature survey).
    Are there any insights about sticky notes that surprised you when you were editing the issue?
    Partially as a result of COVID-19, much of sticky note design collaboration has taken place digitally – using online tools - the past years. It surprised us that the digital collaborative experience of using sticky notes is quite distinct from using the physical counterpart in some important ways.
    What do you hope readers will learn from the special issue?
    Over aim with the special section is to offer new insights about the nature of sticky notes, and, inspire other researchers to build on and further advance our understanding of the nature of sticky note cognition and collaboration.

     September 27, 2021
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    Nominations for Design Studies 2020 Best Paper Award

    We are pleased to announce the nominations for the Design Studies Award for the best paper published in 2020. The award is made annually, jointly by Elsevier Science and the Design Research Society in recognition of the contribution to advancing knowledge in the field of design research.



    Nominations for the Award are made by the journal Editors and the winner selected by the Editor-in-Chief and the Chair of the DRS. This collection of outstanding research papers has been made available freely as an open access Article Collection until March 31, 2022. Please visit:

    The criteria for the Award are:

      • contribution to the development of the field of design research;
      • originality of research or scholarship;
      • breadth of relevance;
      • clarity and style of presentation.


    Nominated Papers

    Between specificity and openness: How architects deal with design-use complexities
    Liesbeth Stam, Peter-Paul Verbeek, Ann Heylighen

    Make and break details: The architecture of design-build education
    Claire Nicholas, Arlene Oak

    Crafters, explorers, innovators, and co-creators: Narratives in designers’ identity work
    Tua A. Björklund, Teo Keipi, Hanna Maula

    Where next for design research? Understanding research impact and theory building
    Philip Cash

    Developing critical documentation practices for design researchers
    Zoë Sadokierski

    Increasing team ideation by sequencing the task type and content
    Nicoleta Meslec, Daniel Graff, Mark A. Clark

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    Design Studies Latest Contents, Volume 74, May 2021 see more

    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 74, May 2021

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    Design Studies is the journal of the Design Research Society



    Problem framing and cognitive style: Impacts on design ideation perceptions
    Eli M. Silk, Amy E. Rechkemmer, Shanna R. Daly, Kathryn W. Jablokow, Seda McKilligan

    Design multiple: How different configurations of participation matter in design practice
    Björn Fischer, Britt Östlund, Alexander Peine

    Towards an integrative approach to researching design expertise
    Stella Tan

    Co-producing, curating and reconfiguring dwelling patterns: A design anthropological approach for sustainable dwelling futures in residential suburbs
    Teresa Palmieri, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Oswald Devisch

    Ethnography and exhibition design: Insights from the Moesgaard inaugural
    Ton Otto, Jennifer Deger, George E. Marcus


    Note: The last two papers form part of a Special Issue on Design Anthropology


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    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 73, March 2021

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    Design Studies is the journal of the Design Research Society



    Historicising design space: Uses of the past in participatory prefiguring of spatial development
    Mela Zuljevic, Liesbeth Huybrechts

    Decolonising design in peacebuilding contexts
    M. Carolina Escobar-Tello, Krisna Ruette-Orihuela, Katherine V. Gough, Javier A. Fayad-Sierra, Irene Velez-Torres

    Understanding representation: Contrasting gesture and sketching in design through dual-process theory
    Philip Cash, Anja Maier

    Design games as fieldwork: Re-visiting design games from a design anthropological perspective
    Mette Gislev Kjaersgaard, Eva Knutz, Thomas Markussen

    Interweaving vulnerability and everyday design: Encounters around an aquarium in a paediatric oncology ward
    Piet Tutenel, Ann Heylighen


    Note: The last two papers form part of a Special issue on Design Anthropology:


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    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 71, November 2020

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    Design and responsible research innovation in the additive manufacturing industry
    Katharina Ruckstuhl, Rafaela Costa Camoes Rabello, Sally Davenport

    The impact of confirmation bias on reasoning and visual attention during analysis in engineering design: An eye tracking study
    Thomas Nelius, Markus Doellken, Christoph Zimmerer, Sven Matthiesen

    The relevance of virtual reality to communication design
    Simon Laing, Mark Apperley

    Cognitive strategies in solution mapping: How engineering designers identify problems for technological solutions
    Jin Woo Lee, Shanna R. Daly, Aileen Huang-Saad, Gabriella Rodriguez, Colleen M. Seifert

    Prototyping strategies for stakeholder engagement during front-end design: Design practitioners’ approaches in the medical device industry
    Ilka B. Rodriguez-Calero, Marianna J. Coulentianos, Shanna R. Daly, Jocelyn Burridge, Kathleen H. Sienko

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    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 72, January 2021

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    Acknowledgement of 2020 Referees

    Parametric modeling tools in small architectural offices: Towards an adapted design process model
    Adeline Stals, Sylvie Jancart, Catherine Elsen

    Analysing frequent natural language expressions from design conversations
    Lucian-Constantin Ungureanu, Timo Hartmann

    Articulating care and responsibility in design: A study on the reasoning processes guiding health innovators' ‘care-making’ practices
    Lysanne Rivard, Pascale Lehoux, Nicola Hagemeister

    The life cycle of creative ideas: Towards a dual-process theory of ideation
    Milene Gonçalves, Philip Cash

    A cautionary tale about the impact of AI on human design teams
    Guanglu Zhang, Ayush Raina, Jonathan Cagan, Christopher McComb

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    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 69, July 2020

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    Developing critical documentation practices for design researchers
    Zoë Sadokierski

    What can we share? A design game for developing the shared spaces in housing
    Antti Pirinen, Anne Tervo

    Work with the beat: How dynamic patterns in team processes affect shared understanding
    Philip Cash, Elies Dekoninck, Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen

    Making grammars for material and tectonic complexity: An example of a thin-tile vault
    Ayodh Vasant Kamath

    Contexts of briefing for service design procurements in the Finnish public sector
    Seungho Park-Lee

    Investigating users’ reactions to surprising products
    Niccolò Becattini, Yuri Borgianni, Gaetano Cascini, Federico Rotini


    Special Section on Design Anthropology

    Design anthropology for emerging technologies: Trust and sharing in autonomous driving futures
    Sarah Pink, Katalin Osz, Kaspar Raats, Thomas Lindgren, Vaike Fors

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    Proposals for the first set of Research Notes are due 1st September 2020 see more

    Introducing Research Notes—A New Collection in Design Studies

    Design Studies, the journal of the DRS, is introducing a new collection. Research Notes will be short papers on quality related issues in studies of designing, including research methods, literature review, theory development, design methodology, ethics, and research scholarship more generally. An initial Virtual Special Issue (VSI) will bring together the first set of Research Notes. Proposals for the VSI are due by 1st September.

    Peter Lloyd, editor-in-chief of Design Studies, explained the value of this new collection: “The field of design research, and particularly the work that we typically publish in Design Studies, has now reached a level of maturity, distinctiveness, and sophistication that means that wider issues to do with *how* researchers conduct their research can serve as a useful foundation for further progress. My hope is that the papers we will publish as Research Notes will create a critical but reflective and constructive discourse in helping to increase the quality of future studies and the legitimacy and impact of the design research discipline.”

    The Research Notes collection will be guest edited by Philip Cash, Laura Hay, Jordan Beck and Jaap Daalhuizen. Cash added that the collection aims to support design research by “1) providing authors and reviewers with a common source of state-of-the-art discussions surrounding best design research practice; 2) providing design researchers with a means of talking about and developing mitigations for methodological and research issues; [and] 3) providing a platform for opening new dialogs about how we do design research and how we can make this even better and more impactful.”

    More details about the call for proposals are available at

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    Design Studies latest contents: Volume 68, May 2020 see more

    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 68, May 2020

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    Design performance and designer preference in an interactive, data-driven conceptual building design scenario
    Nathan C. Brown

    Read the full patent or just the claims? Mitigating design fixation and design distraction when reviewing patent documents
    Edwin C.Y. Koh,

    Staging negotiation spaces: A co-design framework
    Signe Pedersen

    Crafters, explorers, innovators, and co-creators: Narratives in designers’ identity work
    Tua A. Björklund, Teo Keipi, Hanna Maula

    Where next for design research? Understanding research impact and theory building
    Philip Cash


    Design Studies is the journal of the Design Research Society

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    Design Studies Latest Contents 

    Volume 65, November 2019

    Special Issue: Design as a Discipline, edited by Nigel Cross

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    To mark the 40th Anniversary of the publication of Design Studies, the journal of the DRS, Nigel Cross has edited a special issue that returns to a topic that he introduced In the very first year of publication in 1979: the Discipline of Design. A number of leading contributors were invited to reflect on the past, present, and future of the discipline and this special issue is the result.

    Editorial: Design as a discipline
    Nigel Cross,

    Design research – Its 50-year transformation
    Rachel Cooper

    Building a discipline: Indicators of expansion, integration and consolidation in design research across four decades
    Bo T. Christensen, Linden J. Ball

    Advancing an understanding of design cognition and design metacognition: Progress and prospects
    Linden J. Ball, Bo T. Christensen

    Co-evolution and emergence in design
    Kees Dorst

    Methodological diversity and theoretical integration: Research in design fixation as an example of fixation in research design?
    Nathan Crilly

    To empathise or not to empathise? Empathy and its limits in design
    Ann Heylighen, Andy Dong

    Design timelines: Concrete and sticky representations of design process expertise
    Cynthia J. Atman

    Design research, architectural research, architectural design research: An argument on disciplinarity and identity
    Rachael Luck

    You make it and you try it out: Seeds of design discipline futures
    Peter Lloyd

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    Volume 55 of Design Studies is a Special Issue on Design Processes in Service Innovation see more

    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 55, March 2018 

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    Design Studies is the journal of the Design Research Society

    Special Issue: Design Processes in Service Innovation, Edited by Dirk Snelders and Fernando Secomandi

    Editorial: Design processes in service innovation    
    Fernando Secomandi, Dirk Snelders 

    Staging aesthetic disruption through design methods for service innovation   
    Katarina Wetter-Edman, Josina Vink, Johan Blomkvist 

    Design, learning networks and service innovation
    Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear 

    A sociotechnical framework for the design of collaborative services  
    Joon Sang Baek, Sojung Kim, Yoonyee Pahk, Ezio Manzini 

    Exploring the transformative impacts of service design: The role of designer–client relationships in the service development process    
    Eun Yu, Daniela Sangiorgi 

    Bringing Service Design to manufacturing companies: Integrating PSS and Service Design approaches  
    Nina Costa, Lia Patrício, Nicola Morelli, Christopher L. Magee 

    Towards a more inclusive service development process for the wider population     
    Fábio Evangelista Santana, Carlos Coimbra Cardoso, Marcelo Gitirana Gomes Ferreira, Márcio Fontana Catapan, Ivo Rodrigues Montanha, Fernando Antônio Forcellini 

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    Design Studies Volume 56, Latest Contents see more

    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 56, May 2018

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    This issue features a special section of papers originating from the DRS2016 conference, along with regular papers.

    Regular Papers

    Approaching the architectural native: a graphical transcription method to capture sketching and gesture activity

    Martin Brösamle, Christoph Hölscher

    Imagining design: Transitive and intransitive dimensions

    Alfredo Jornet, Wolff-Michael Roth

    Creative environments for design education and practice: A typology of creative spaces

    Katja Thoring, Pieter Desmet, Petra Badke-Schaub

    Developing theory-driven design research

    Philip J. Cash


    Special Section: DRS 50th Anniversary Conference (Part 2)

    Rich pictures for stakeholder dialogue: A polyphonic picture book
    Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk, Wendy Moncur, Kathryn M. Orzech, Diego Trujillo Pisanty (open access)

    Representational artefacts in social problem solving: A study from occupational rehabilitation
    Richard Cooney, Nifeli Stewart, Tania Ivanka, Neal Haslem

    Temporal Design: Rethinking time in design
    Larissa Pschetz, Michelle Bastian

    ‘A dialogue between the real-world and the operational model’ – The realities of design in Bruce Archer’s 1968 doctoral thesis
    Stephen Boyd Davis, Simone Gristwood

    Schön's intellectual legacy: A citation analysis of DRS publications (2010–2016)
    Jordan Beck, Laureline Chiapello

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    Design Studies Latest Contents

    Volume 57, July 2018

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    Design Studies is the journal of the Design Research Society


    Special Issue: Designing in the Wild, Edited by Linden Ball and Bo Christensen

    This special issues also features selected papers from the 12th Design Thinking Research Symposium.

    Editorial: Designing in the wild
    Linden Ball, Bo Christensen

    Timescales and ideaspace: An examination of idea generation in design practice
    Kathryn Shroyer, Terri Lovins, Jennifer Turns, Monica Cardella, Cynthia Atman

    Rendering a multi-dimensional problem space as an unfolding collaborative inquiry process
    Robin Adams, Richard Aleong, Molly Goldstein, Freddy Solis

    Design roulette: A close examination of collaborative decision-making in design from the perspective of framing
    Janet McDonnell

    Cracking open co-creation: Categories, stories, and value tension in a collaborative design process
    Peter Lloyd, Arlene Oak

    Grouping notes through nodes: The functions of Post-It notes in design team cognition
    Graham Dove, Sille Julie Abildgaard, Michael Mose Biskjaer, Nicolai Brodersen Hansen, Kim Halskov

    Verbal focus shifts: Forms of low coherent statements in design conversations
    Axel Menning, Bastien M. Grasnick, Benedikt Ewald, Franziska Dobrigkeit, Claudia Nicolai

    DTRS: A catalyst for research in design thinking
    Kees Dorst

    A brief history of the Design Thinking Research Symposium series
    Nigel Cross