Design for Research

Victoria Young wrote and shared a post (on Digital Telepathy, November 20, 2014) that answers the question, “Does Research Make Design Better?” And almost two years after reading and putting into practice that useful views shared by Victoria, amidst some experts' views on same subject in question on Medium and SoundCloud, I kept thinking through those shared experiences on design and research — topics I have a colossal passion for since college as a design student.

Then, one day (while developing some ideas for an infographics that will help explain “Caregivers Who Miss Appointments to the Pediatrics Cancer Clinic of a Teaching Hospital in Ghana”, I suddenly realised that researching on a topic (or a discipline) that is completely different from my design field before approaching the problem at hand has allowed me to create a solution that the doctors appreciated and found really useful. “Yes!”, I said loudly to myself, “Research makes design better!” And more germanely, it endorses yet its opposite notion, “Design makes research better”.

Suddenly, some important questions begun to drove my curiosity and I begun musing over them :

  • Can we design for research?
  • Can design change the way we research?
  • What does this mean for “Design Research”?
  • Can it change the way researchers look at design, and vice versa?

These and kindred questions I believe will inevitably lead both designers and researchers to yet another “call-to-action” question:

“Don’t you think it’s time to redesign research?”

Realising some professionals might have shared some thoughts already that may answer these above questions effectively, I thought it will be such an amazing thing to shared these questions and shared-interests with us all, so I will take the opportunity to welcome your thoughts and where possible share with us some useful links on posts, and other useful resources that address these questions aforementioned.


Photo credit: Hyperacusis Research Limited.

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