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Brenda Laurel ed.

MIT Press, 2003
344 pages
Fully illustrated, b+w photographs & duotones.
ISBN: 0262122634

The tools of design research, writes Brenda Laurel, will allow designers "to claim and direct the power of their profession." Often neglected in the various curricula of design schools, the new models of design research described in this book help designers to investigate people, form, and process in ways that can make their work more potent and more delightful.

The goal of this book is to introduce designers to the many research tools that can be used to inform design as well as to ideas about how and when to deploy them effectively. The chapter authors come from such diverse areas as Stanford University, MIT, Intel, Maxis, Studio Anybody, Sweden's HUMlab and Big Blue Dot. Illustrated with case studies, anecdotes and images, the book investigates such topics as qualitative and quantitative methods, performance ethnography and design improvisation, trend research, cultural diversity, formal and structural research practice, tactical discussions of design research process, and case studies drawn from areas as unique as computer games, museum information systems, and movies. Design Research demonstrates the transformation of theory into a richly satisfying and more reliably successful practice.


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