Design Research

August 4, 2013

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Peter Downton 

This book argues that design in the fields of architecture, interior design, fashion, industrial design, landscape architecture, and communication design, is a way of inquiring, a way of producing knowing and knowledge. Acceptance of this proposition means designing is a way of researching, since the production of knowledge is central to researching in sciences. The text distinguishes various forms of research used in design, but concentrates on researching through the practices of designing activities themselves. Originally published in 2003, the book has been found useful to people working in wider areas including theatre, performance, craft, and film. This slightly revised edition has been specially prepared for Kindle to satisfy a new readership.

Peter Downton is Professor of Design Research at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

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