Domain-Independent Design Theory and Methodology to Boost the Adoption of Design Methods

Yuri Borgianni, Brian Dixon, Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, Oscar Nespoli, Joshua Summers, Thomas Wan, Yong Zeng

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Since its inception, research on design methods has encompassed a number of objectives and fields. In this fragmentary and evolving landscape, a reflection was apparently needed on the chance to provide a general framework and understand the progress (if any) towards a unified and domain-independent design theory and methodology. The issue was discussed by the authors, among the others, during a workshop organized by the Society of Design and Process Science. The paper reports the most important points that emerged in the debate, which was kicked off by panellists’ talks providing different perspectives on domain-independent design and the adoption of design methods by industry and practitioners. The discussion highlighted the relevance of design education, individual factors, as well as the role of designers in nowadays’ changing world. A major take-away from the workshop is the forecast that, in the foreseeable future, a shared design knowledge will be developed, but this will be juxtaposed by peculiar and bespoke design practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-246
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Integrated Design and Process Science
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 25 Jan 2023

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  • Universal design
  • industry
  • design methods
  • design education
  • design domains


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