Changing Conversations and Perceptions: The Research and Practice of Design Science [chapter]

Cassandra Telenko, Ricardo Sosa, Kristin L. Wood
2015 Impact of Design Research on Industrial Practice  
Although design science is a relatively young field, the impact of design research upon industry is evident in the literature, in the practice of design by academics, and in the experience set of the authors. This chapter provides evidence of impact from three sources, two studies of design literature and one survey of design researchers. It is found that more than one third of design research articles, despite focusing on theory, include engagements with industry, and, complementarily, a
more » ... ty of design researchers have patents, industry experience or both. These studies of design literature and design researchers change our perceptions of the impact of design research on practice and initiate a new conversation. In the context of research findings and models of transferring general fields of research to practice, design research impacts practice in a variety of tangible and long-lasting ways. Building upon these analyses, we develop a first set of guidelines for transferring design research to practice. These guidelines are illustrated by selected examples and outcomes from the authors' experiences. The frontier of design science, especially the impact on practice, is exciting and filled with unlimited potential. Changing conversations and perceptions is a critical first step in building the community's tremendous past successes. Through proven guidelines, we may realize our potential and create a sustainable ecosystem of transferring design research to practice. A heuristic method for identifying modules for product architectures. Design studies 21(1):5-31.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-19449-3_19 fatcat:mzuwmzpgvvek5h4ow2htmoqehi