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    Design Research Practice: A Product Semantics Interpretation

    Sjöström, Jonas and Donnellan, Brian (2012) Design Research Practice: A Product Semantics Interpretation. In: Artefact Design and Workplace Intervention (ADWI) Workshop, 10 June 2012, Barcelona, Spain.

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    In this paper, we adopt a somewhat novel perspective on design research. The concept of product semantics and its focus on meaning is used to interpret design research as design. It is argued that we may conceive of design research as design in two realms: The practical and the academic. In doing design research, there is a reciprocal shaping of artifacts: Better artifacts (contributions to practice) through appropriation of knowledge and methods from the academic realm, and better knowledge artifacts (contributions to academia) by drawing relevance and experiences of appropriation from the practical realm. We adopt a product semantics view to discuss research as design. Product semantics highlights the meaning of artifacts with respect to their (i) stakeholders, (ii) artifacts-in-use, (iii), artifacts-in-language, (iv) artifact lifecycle, and (v) ecology. Based on this interpretation, we propose important activities that should characterize the practice of doing design research.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: Design; research; practice; meaning; artifact;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Innovation Value Institute, IVI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 10847
    Depositing User: Prof. Brian Donnellan
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 16:20
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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