Mapping design knowledge: 36 years of Design Studies

Burns, Kathryn and Ingram, Jack and Annable, Louise (2016) Mapping design knowledge: 36 years of Design Studies. In: Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, 27th - 30th June 2016, Brighton, UK.

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This paper examines the nature of design research, knowledge and theory, as revealed through an overview of the areas of interest that make up published writing on design, specifically that published in Design Studies, since its first publication in 1979. The research proposes a taxonomy of design knowledge addressing the objects, processes and practices of design and consumption. This is used as the basis to trace the history and development of design ideas and design writing over the following 36 years through classifying the issues that are central to the published papers published in Design Studies, and quantifying the changes of emphasis in design topics over that period.

The paper offers proposals for the areas within which design theory resides, suggests that until a mature design epistemology evolves the concept of epistemics is a more appropriate term and reflects on the relationship between design research, knowledge, theory and practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
28 June 2016Published Online
17 February 2016Accepted
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-03 - design studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Jewellery, Fashion & Textiles > School of Fashion and Textiles
Depositing User: Kathryn Burns
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 15:40
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:52

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