UED2010 Wk 2: Design Research

Again, some brief notes about the second week of the course.


  • Continued with the servo-motor activity.
  • Concentrated on refining the movement towards the two words.
  • Got to a stage where the sculptures could be left to run by themselves.
  • Set up a little exhibition at 14:00. Invited the first years and staff.
  • Placed the cards out on the table and asked people to guess what the pair for each sculpture was.


  • Lecture in class on the idea of research though design.
  • Discussion of four papers on this topic.
  • Discussion of initial ideas for a design project.
  • We decided to run a video card game as a survey of possible interesting design contexts


Fallman, D. (2007). Why Research-Oriented Design Isn’t Design-Oriented Research: On the Tensions Between Design and Research in an Implicit Design Discipline. Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 20(3), 193-200. doi:Article

Wolf, T. V., Rode, J. A., Sussman, J., & Kellogg, W. A. (2006). Dispelling “design” as the black art of CHI. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems (pp. 521-530). Montréal, Québec, Canada: ACM. doi:10.1145/1124772.1124853

Wright, P., Blythe, M., & McCarthy, J. (2006). User Experience and the Idea of Design in HCI. In Interactive Systems (pp. 1-14). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11752707_1

Zimmerman, J., Stolterman, E., & Forlizzi, J. (2010). An analysis and critique of Research through Design: towards a formalization of a research approach. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 310-319). Aarhus, Denmark: ACM. doi:10.1145/1858171.1858228

Additional references

A couple of additional references were mentioned in the lecture and discussions. These are included below.

Checkland, Mackay, Braa & Vigden, Frayling, Archer

Archer, B. (1995). The nature of research. Co-design, 6-13.

Braa, K., & Vidgen, R. (1995). Action Case: Exploring the middle kingdom in information system research methods. In Proceedings of 3rd Decennial Conference Computers in context: Joining Forces in Design (pp. 50-60). Århus, Denmark.

Checkland, P., & Holwell, S. (1998). Action Research: Its Nature and Validity. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 11(1), 9-21. doi:10.1023/A:1022908820784

Frayling, C. (1993). Research in Art and Design. Royal College of Art Research Papers, 1(1), 1-5.

Mackay, W. E., & Fayard, A. (1997). HCI, natural science and design: a framework for triangulation across disciplines. In Proceedings of the 2nd conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques (pp. 223-234). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: ACM. doi:10.1145/263552.263612