“What's the brief?” is a fairly everyday question in graphic design studios. But there appears to be little research on design briefs and the briefing process, even when looking at wider design research discourse (Jones & Askland, 2012; Paton & Dorst, 2011). This is intriguing, considering how integral the brief is within so many design … Continue reading Researching the graphic design brief
Every industry from software engineering, to business, to professional services, consultancy and professional development, seemingly uses the word design in some form these days. And that’s aside from its more traditional artisanal and professional disciplinary use – fashion, graphic, product etc. – as well as within educational discourse. Indeed, within industry, asking ‘what do you … Continue reading Yes, but what kind of design are we talking about?
Graphic design has tended to be seen as the poor cousin of the various design disciplines, often being seen as a secondary supplement to wider design practices (Poynor, 2011; Triggs, 2011), or even being treated as simply an aesthetic practice (Jacobs, 2017; Walker, 2017) This seems to be especially the case within academia, where it … Continue reading Graphic design as a specific research discipline
Defamiliarization and design as academic research methods (and methodologies)
I always liked the story about Philippe Starck and his famous lemon juicer (squeezer?) design. Lloyd and Snelders (2003) discuss it in an issue of Design Studies. They talk about how Starck used his design thinking skills to move from physically drawing a squid on a napkin, as a kind of metaphor, all the way … Continue reading Practical design thinking