CASE STUDIES IN THE USE OF DESIGN PRACTICE BY PHD RESEARCHERS

DPR case studies

Design Practice Research Case Studies

Welcome to the Design Practice Research (DPR) Case Studies. This resource has been created by the Design Practice Research Group at Loughborough Design School in response to the on-going debate about the nature and contribution of visually creative design practice to academic research. The aim of the DPR Case Studies is to provide examples of PhDs from around the world in which the researcher engaged in the practice of a visually creative design discipline to support data collection.

This open access resource provides an overview of PhDs that necessitated and/or facilitated the researcher to engage in practice to support data collection. In addition to aims, objectives and research questions, the overview includes insights into the rationale for the inclusion of practice; how this differed from commercial practice; and the experience of the researcher as a practitioner before commencing the PhD.

A key feature of the DPR Case Studies is the inclusion of images of the design process plus final outcomes. Design disciplines currently represented in the case studies are fashion, graphic, industrial, interior, silversmithing/jewellery, textile and transport.

Fashion Design

Graphic Design

Industrial Design

Interior Design

Silversmithing and Jewellery

Textile Design

Transport Design

Design Practice Research Case Studies have been compiled by the Design Practice Research Group at Loughborough Design School.

If you would like to work with us or contribute a case study, please contact the Design Practice Research Group Leader, Dr Mark Evans (M.A.Evans@lboro.ac.uk).

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