Course MD701 Winter 2010/11

Hybrid Media

Prof. Fetzner,C. Fischer, B. Dudzik

Discuss the text Through Design and Transdisciplinarity by Findeli et al. Use the comment box below.

Omar Gaafar 13-2878 — 24 October 2010, 06:56

The methodology of design research is more than just to research, gather ideas and reflect them, but to actually add ideas to create new ones in the process. The research should have a professional design based on its relevance, questions, knowledge, understanding of the situation, analyzing it but most importantly adding to it. Within the process, there must be several new and creative techniques (as a designer) to analyzing the situation in order to develop our research, these are the disciplines needed to improve. This is called "Multidisciplinary". Multi profession is also a must as we break the process into parts and focusing on each part individually (while analyzing) in order to come up with solutions for the entire problem. These disciplines must be relevant to knowledge, practice and education. 'Alzheimer' example was provided in the end in order to reflect the main purpose of the study. the aim is to come up with design propositions that improves the research situation instead of just providing further knowledge or information.

Engy Allam — 24 October 2010, 16:59

Design research investigates the process of designing in all its many fields. The most effective kind of researches is research thought design “project-grounded research”, it has moral standard from both research for design and research about design. The research must be rigorous and must be relevant to the design. There is no need for a design research if it didn’t end up improving the end product and the academic world as well. The researchers must observe and understand the end-users and collect knowledge about them so that the design at the end would be relevant to the point of view of the end-user. To have a good fruitful design research, different researchers from the same discipline must be invited. They will define different perspectives on the same research where each one will have a different respective point of view, so the conclusion will lead to a different set of actions.

Yasmin Shehab — 25 October 2010, 12:58

I think the main idea of this text is that we, as designers, must be able to communicate and collaborate with people from different fields in order to reach the best possible solutions for our design problems. This is particularly important as design isn't isolated, in fact it's affected by and is a product of everything around us. Designers can offer a different perspective to a problem that may not, strictly speaking, be in their area of expertise. However in order to do this there must be a common ground between them that facilitates communication, and this is where the design research methods come in. They give us a way to structure our thoughts and to justify them.

Christine Ramez — 25 October 2010, 14:26

On one hand, design research isn’t always precise and correct, however the whole design is based on it; this is why we have to manage to get a lot of accurate information on the design itself. In order to do so –as said in Page 3, 3rd paragraph- a combination of both research for and about design needs to be done. So it’s a matter of adding these 2 types together to make a successful research through design. On the other hand, the author states that if the design research doesn’t make a progress or develop the design process, then it’s no use to continue researching as said in Page 5, 1st paragraph: “This means in particular that there is no point carrying on design research if it does not end up improving the act of designing.”

Nora KAHIL — 25 October 2010, 16:33

Well, the text is mainly talking about design research, which is based on the process and the contribution between designers and researchers from other fields who have got different point of views and background to reach their target to solve design problems and to be relevant from the end-users perspective. Also, the different backgrounds end up by improving the research process to obtain the best solutions possible knowing that the research could be unsuccessful if it has stopped developing in the design process.

Ehab Medhat — 25 October 2010, 20:04

I think the main idea the text was discussing was a research design and a model produced by a team with different backgrounds to help Alzheimer patients. The text discuss how the design research field is still young and needs renovations and implementations. Their method was defined as "Research through Design " derived from the "Research of and about" methods. They disapproved the idea of design practice is in itself a kind of design research. They wanted a research that: stands up to scientific standards and to contribute to improvement of design practice. This led them to , what is important for us as designers build a team with Multi-Disciplinary. So, they state how the team needs multiple experience(disciplines) like psychologists, sociologists and designers working together or even disciplines from the same field of design. Because in fact no problem would be related to only a one discipline of life. With the addition of the many disciplines it is important to keep control and not get blurred by the variety which can harm the research.

Sherif Bishara — 26 October 2010, 02:43

Design is a solving problem process. By designing a new design, new problems are created and it never stops. To design, you need to have background information about the problem, and it is necessary that research may be done by several experts with various knowledge basics. Meaning, to gather information, you need to have enough knowledge to lead you to a new data that will be a new step forward to a new design that has problems that need research. This way, aiming to solve a problem, aiming to design, you make a research that is Through the Design. "What is critical at this point is the transformation of a problem expressed in design terms into a problematics expressed in research terms" p.85 second paragraph. What is so important is to use the background knowledge to let receiving new information easier. In the case of Alzheimer's Disease, Doctors need to use their experience to help research, and not just depend on what they know. All problems create new problems by solving them, and this means that research is always developing.

Mahmoud Samy — 26 October 2010, 06:16

The methodology of research through design which the text talks about is a process of evolution of a product used to solve an intricate problem or rather minimize the impact of the side effects as no problem can be completly solved by design. The flaw in this methodology is that it can go through a process of de-evolution and the design could either increase the problem and cause it to become more complex or it could be useless as there was no intial understanding of how it could solve said problem. Therefore the design must fill the void of inquiries conducted by the designer to go through a correct and successful process of evolution.

Rana Mansour 13-633 — 26 October 2010, 11:49

The text by Findeli explains that the methodology of design research is based on the identification , description , comparison implementation validation and criticism of methods. The three domains in which the research project should be assessed are : design knowledge , design practice( improvement and user satisfaction) and design education (fruitful consequences.). They are necessary but not sufficient.Research through design implements Research for design (output of the design) and Research about design ( significance for the society). This research method is about gathering all the knowledge necessary to improve a design. And so it is required that not only designers but also researchers from various fields to contribute in this process to cover all the different facets of a design. If the research does not help in fixing problems related to the design or increases them therefore it is useless to proceed.

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