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Design adopts specific approaches to test a diversity of ideas and solutions. At times these  resemble what we usually call ‘ex periments’. In many areas of design research these experiments are distinguished by being solution focussed.

By trying out different solutions the designer tries to understand how to design a product, service or user situation. This approach contrasts with formal scientific experimentation; it does not necessarily seek to establish truth conditions but rather suitability. Much of our experimentation concerns speculation, finding ways (not way finding), and seeks to identify, problematise and offer solutions rather than proofs. Experimentation of this sort – in and through construction and communication in design – propels us to tackle contexts of use, cultural practices and various needs. Experimentation also forces us to work reflexively as researchers in that we shift between knowledge gleaned through experimentation and critical stances from outside the activity of designing.