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Design Research: Methods and Perspectives

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How the tools of design research can involve designers more directly with objects, products and services they design; from human-centered research methods to formal experimentation, process models, and application to real world design problems.

The tools of design research, writes Brenda Laurel, will allow designers "to claim and direct the power of their profession." Often
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 24th 2003 by Mit Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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I have to say, on the whole I was actually pretty disappointed in this book. It came off frustrating, I think, partly because there was no cohesive voice. Usually, one would say this is indicative of the design research community as a whole, but I found myself having a hard time switching from topic to topic so fast - the essays were pretty short, and as such, didn't contain a whole lot of information and/or depth to them. The most disappointing section, to me, was the first on "People," because ...more
Al Matthews
Oct 17, 2007 marked it as thesisavoidance
I'm sort of pretending that this is in-scope, which it is, and that I'm reading it thoroughly, which I'm not. I like Brenda Laurel... and this is job-pertinent, vaguely.

Procrastination in a good way.
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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"A great summer read" - sarcasm intended
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely essential guide to the different ways designers approach the huge concept of 'research.'
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