Abbas Sbeity
May 15 · 5 min read

EVALUATING DESIGN RESEARCH

1. PERSONAL MOTIVATION

The diversity of the projects and the partners we worked with made me better understand and assess my interests and motivations when it comes to the type of projects I would like to work on. I can see that I was highly motivated when I was working on the projects that I initiated through the Unite course or the projects that had some urban and social dimensions.

2. PARTNER ENGAGEMENT

In the second semester, I started to notice the importance of the partner’s engagement in the project and how it can affect my work. Some partners were highly engaged and interested while others were more passive.

3. USER ENGAGEMENT

Since people are at the center of our process, it is very important how we recruit participants in our process, if we have access to participants, and if they are engaged.

4. RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

The user engagement is also affected by the research environment. And what I mean here is where and how the research is taking place.

5. TEAM COLLABORATION

One great aspect of design research is collaboration. The goal is to benefit from the collective intelligence to critically think about problems and solve them.

6. TEACHER GUIDANCE

The role of the teacher was essential in the progress of each project, while I appreciate the “learn by doing” learning methodology, There was a need to have a main facilitator in different studio projects and not only teachers who review our work. This was highly needed when the team was failing to dissect its work across. The teacher could also present different frameworks that would easily help us navigate through the process especially when the brief is more ambiguous.

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