This 7th Nordic Design Research Conference comes at a time when earlier social, political and economic conditions, expectations and frameworks are under pressure, and indeed change, globally. Relations between design and power are today perhaps more present that before and them are seemingly strongly polarised. What then are design practitioners, educators, researchers, policy makers and activists, among others, to make of these changes and how are they to engage in effecting informed, ethical, participative and meaningful change? Read »
Our design research is practice-based and is carried out in close collaboration with business partners, organisations, communities and public concerns. By working with realistic innovation projects together with such partners, we are able to understand contemporary business and organisational problems and move to develop solutions and evaluate their success.
This is generally carried out in multiple iterations, and allows for an evolving dialogue between contextual needs and design solutions. This often requires a flexible, explorative and consultative action-based approach, in which complex problems are investigated and holistic solutions developed. Such an approach demands a process in which theoretical frameworks, empirical fieldwork and case studies evolve simultaneously. This is a typical design-synthesis approach, but is applied within a research framework.