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Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice

Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice (Hardback)

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'Today, designers design services, processes and organizations; craft skills no longer suffice. We need to discover, define and solve problems based upon evidence. We need to demonstrate the validity of our claims. We need a guide to design research that can educate students and be a reference for professionals. And here it is: a masterful book for 21st century designers.'

- Don Norman, Professor and Director of Design Lab, University of California San Diego, and former Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Apple

'Muratovski provides a structured approach to introducing students and researchers to design research and takes the reader through the research process from defining the research problem to the literature review on to data collection and analysis. With such practical and useful chapters, this book should prove to be essential reading in design schools across the world.'

- Tracy Bhamra, Professor of Sustainable Design and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise, Loughborough University

Design is everywhere: it influences how we live, what we wear, how we communicate, what we buy, and how we behave. In order for designers to design for the real world, defining strategies rather than just implementing them, they need to learn how to understand and solve complex, intricate and often unexpected problems. This book is a guide to this new creative process. With this book in hand, students of design will:

understand and apply the vocabulary and strategies of research methods learn how to adapt themselves to unfamiliar situations develop techniques for collaborating with non-designers find and use facts from diverse sources in order to prove or disprove their ideas make informed decisions in a systematic and insightful way use research tools to find new and unexpected design solutions.

Research for Designers is an essential toolkit for a design education and a must-have for every design student who is getting ready to tackle their own research.

Architecture & DesignDesign & DesignersArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySocial research & statisticsReference & ResearchResearch & information: generalResearch methods: general Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd Publication Date: 10/12/2015 ISBN-13: 9781446275139  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Gjoko Muratovski has over twenty years of global, multidisciplinary design and branding experience. He holds a PhD in strategic design research with focus on branding and corporate communications. In addition to this, he is trained in a range of design fields such as graphic design, visual communications, industrial design, architectural design, interior design, and furniture design and manufacturing. His formal education and professional development spans across 11 countries. He is recipient of more than 25 scholarships, grants and awards, and has over 90 research publications. Dr Muratovski is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Design, Business and Society and Associate Editor of She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation. He has authored numerous studies that examine the fields of design, architecture, fashion, advertising, branding and sustainability, and edited books such as Consumer Culture (2015), Global Fashion Brands (2014), and Design for Business Vol.1 - Vol.3 (2012-2015). As an international keynote speaker he has delivered talks at prestigious events such as the cultural programme of the G20 Leaders Summit (Australia), the annual conference of the European Academy of Design (France), and Design for a Billion (India). He was the founding Chairman of the international research conference Design for Business, which was part of the Melbourne International Design Week and was run in partnership with the State Government of Victoria (Australia). In 2015 he was named Fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand for his distinguished service to the New Zealand design community and the Institute, and in 2016 he was recognized as a High-End Foreign Expert by the Chinese government. Over the years Dr Muratovski has been working with a broad range of corporate, governmental and not-for-profit organizations from around the world, including NASA Johnson Space Center, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, World Health Organization, UN Association of Australia, Department of the Premier and Cabinet of South Australia, Auckland Council of New Zealand, Deloitte, Toyota, Yahoo!, Greenpeace, and many others. He is regularly retained as an advisor by various international design firms and advertising agencies on issues ranging from strategic design to brand development strategies. Gjoko Muratovski is Director of The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design at the University of Cincinnati (USA) and Guest Professor at the College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University (China).

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