Exploring how industrial designers can contribute to scientific research

DRIVER, Alex, PERALTA MAHECHA, Carlos and MOULTRIE, James (2011). Exploring how industrial designers can contribute to scientific research. International Journal of Design, 5 (1), 17-28.

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This paper describes the initial findings of an empirical study exploring how industrial designers might be able to support scientists in their research activities. The paper compares and contrasts the findings of a literature review, a series of interviews with scientists and three case studies in which designers collaborated with scientific teams at a university. It reflects on the designers’ contribution to research and highlights potential barriers and enablers to collaboration. In addition to the expected contribution of designers to supporting commercialisation of technology, the research demonstrated the potential for industrial design to have an impact on research itself. When involved earlier in the scientific research process, designers can challenge the research direction and support scientists in demonstrating, communicating and exploring potential future applications.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright: © 2011 Driver, Peralta, and Moultrie. Copyright for this article is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the International Journal of Design. All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License. By virtue of their appearance in this open-access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1203 Design Practice and Management; 1901 Art Theory and Criticism
Page Range: 17-28
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 14:16
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 12:16
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29736

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