Design Research Techniques

Design Research Techniques is an "online repository is a necessarily unfinished and evolving resource for Participatory Design Techniques. These techniques help evolve a project lifecycle through participation of multiple stakeholders including potential users or audiences, partners or internal teams."

Thanks to my colleague Axel for finding this resource. It is, indeed, unfinished, but quite a good source of design research methods (which is one of the courses I teach at HSLU).

Without Design Methods, I Feel Like I Am Cheating

Without Design Methods, I Feel Like I Am Cheating – another cracking post from Jon Kolko. This one is close to my heart because I teach design methods on HSLU’s MA Design and always make a point of saying that theory is practice and that methods are simply tools. As Jon says,

a design method won’t lead you to a good solution, because a design method has no natural relationship to the content of the problem. There’s no presumption of quality in the method, as each method is simply a series of artificial constraints that are introduced into a particular design context in order to help frame it.

There is a useful set of links at the end of Jon’s post too.