Research Strategies for Design | DES 725
University of Wisconsin–Stout
Research Strategies for Design is an MFA-level seminar course providing an overview of research practices in the context of the major design disciplines. This class uses Design Research as a tool for managing ambiguity at the front end of the design process, and learning the process of gathering insights and translating those insights into design. Class covers standard design research methods: secondary research, human, end-user, and participatory-centered methods, ethnographic, qualitative, and quantitative methods, and trending and emerging methods and tools.
Sanders, E.B.-N and Stappers, P.J. (2012) Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design, BIS Publishers, NL.
Guest Speaker Series
The class has been supported by a series of guest speakers working in the subfield of Design Research. Speakers have come from industry positions at Adobe, Code42, Zebra Technologies, The Nerdery, The Bernard Group, Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute, Applied Research Associates, CoGrowLab, and Microsoft.
”Design Research in a Polytechnic Setting: Leveraging polytechnic research initiatives as thematic content in a graduate design research class,”
Polytechnic Summit 2019: Shaping the Future of Polytechnic Education, University of Wisconsin–Stout, Menomonie, WI. Scheduled June, 2019. peer-reviewed
Spectrum West interview
Wisconsin Public Radio, June 21, 2018
Design class looks into outdoor museum on blue-green algae awareness
Dunn County News, June 13, 2018
Dharshana Gopalakrishnan, Drew Hagen, Shane Sanders, Jonny Wheeler, Wu Liang