Methods for Design Research and Creativity Techniques

Hi!

As you have started to define your problem statement and plan your project you will soon start to explore your problem by doing design research. The following blog posts demonstrate how design research is done in the field and provide some advise to consider:

5 Keys to Successful Design Research

Design Research: What is it and why do it?

Keep in mind that design research is a lot more than a literature review, although a literature review could be included as well. It is very important to go out to talk to people as soon as possible and try to meet a variety of people, e.g. not just consumers/students/etc. but also talk to teachers/store owners/experts/... Apart from using literature and interviews there are many other methods you could use, for example you could do questionnaires, observations, use prototypes, analyze images, empathy exercises, etc. See what information you need most and how you could gather this the best way possible.

We have posted the creativity techniques we used during the weekend workshop above under Resources & Lectures. This is only a small selection of methods, see if you can find something new and interesting to try out with your group.

If you have any questions about design research, creativity techniques or anything else related to the project, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail. We will also be in the Cemus library to answer your questions next week Wednesday between 17:00 and 19:30.

Don't forget to submit your problem statement, project plan and book choice by Friday the 11th of April.

All the best,

Heleen and Lakin

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