The Multiple traditions of design research

C. McMahon

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Design research has developed strongly in recent years, but it has perhaps not lived up to its early promise. In particular, industrial impact has been patchy, and impact on public policy has been poor. This paper argues that the design research community is multi-faceted. A consequence of its breadth is that it is divided, to its cost, along disciplinary and geographical lines. An overview of the design research landscape is presented, and proposals are made for the diverse traditions of the research community to come together to create an integrated view on design research, in particular for industry and the wider community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Product Development
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 20th CIRP Design Conference, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France, 19th-21st April 2010
EditorsAlsain Bernard
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783642159732
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event20th CIRP Design Conference, CIRP Design 2010 - Nantes , France
Duration: 19 Apr 201021 Apr 2010


Conference20th CIRP Design Conference, CIRP Design 2010


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