AN EXPLORATORY STUDY ON THE USE OF NEW DESIGN METHODS IN DESIGN CONSULTANCIES
DS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
Editor: Marjanović D., Štorga M., Škec S., Bojčetić N., Pavković N.
Author: Filippi, Anna; Suarez Madrigal, Antonio; Eisenbart, Boris; Gericke, Kilian
Section: DESIGN METHODS
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0417
This paper explores the uptake of design methods in design consultancies. Our results show that new methods are primarily used in the initial phases of the design process for specific problems. The main motive for doing so is to enhance creativity and understanding of the user. Many participants modify methods to fit specific needs or develop own methods. These findings highlight the need to improve the link between industry and academia in order to increase method awareness and use. Potential ways to improve this include better descriptions of methods and the benefits provided.
Keywords: design methods, design methods use, design research, design practice, design consultancies