Design research: The application in professional design practice and teaching in design education

Wooyoung Sung, Jacques Giard

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Design research has become important in both design education and design practice. For design education, its role is in the identification of problems as well as the understanding of user behavior; for design practice, design research is used to identify new markets and assist in the development of novel products. The latter is referred to as 'research through design' and is used principally for the creation of artifacts rather than the building of theory (Findeli, A., Frayling, C.). Although there are many articles and publication about design research, little empirical data are available. The aim of this paper is to better understand the benefits of the application and teaching of design research in two sectors, practice and education. This paper presents the connection between the teaching of design research and its application in practice. Interviews were conducted to examine specific differences between the two groups. Design practitioners and faculty members were interviewed for this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign 2014 Conference, NordDesign 2014
PublisherAalto University
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781904670582
StatePublished - 2014
Event10th Biannual NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2014 - Espoo, Finland
Duration: Aug 27 2014Aug 29 2014


Other10th Biannual NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2014


  • Design Process
  • Design research
  • Problem Solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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