Research- “Into,” “For,” or “Through”- Design

November 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

As my master’s thesis research proposal approaches being completed, I’ve been considering exactly what the research aspect can and will be. My research proposal – including question and subquestions, justification, and limitations – will determine the type of research but it helps to have a conceptual model to explore and offer guidance.

Previously, I had heard of design research having three types – “for,” “through” and “of” (rather than “into”) – and had my own mental model of such a concept. Today I came across a blog with nice insight into the types of design research and that uses essentially the same model. It’s helpful to read the thoughts of someone else going through a similar process (design research for their PhD) and see a visual model and accompanying explanation of their understanding.

Although I have not met you, I am going to refer to you by your given name. Thanks, Sheila!

Types and approaches of (Design) research
by Sheila Pontis

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