Making design research relevant for design practice

Authors Marieke Zielhuis, Froukje Sleeswijk Visser, P.J. (Pieter Jan) Stappers
Published in Design Studies
Publication date 2022
Research groups Onderzoekend Vermogen
Type Article


Knowledge from academic design research projects does not always help design professionals to actually strengthen their work. Based on a multi-case study, this paper describes how researchers view the impact of their design research projects on design practice and what they do to achieve this. Even in projects where impact on design practice is a stated ambition, several challenges can stand in the way, such as a lack of funding opportunities and unclarity on the needs of design practice. The paper provides tips for researchers and funding parties who want to inform design practice by research, including tips to operationalize design practice roles.

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Language Engels
Published in Design Studies
Year and volume 78 101063
Key words design research, design knowledge, research methods, design practice, research impact
Digital Object Identifier 10.1016/j.destud.2021.101063

Marieke Zielhuis

Marieke Zielhuis

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