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design research cycle

Design Research Cycle (Version 2)

Design Research Cycle (version 2)

design research cycle

The passion de jour of my epic struggle with the phd involves coming up with some coherent and consistent description of what you might call a methodlogical framework.
Words (alone) fail me, so I resort to sketch. Does this diagram make sense? Is it useful?

(This is version 2. Version 1 is here)


July 4, 2009 - Posted by | design | , , ,


  1. Hi Yishay
    I’ll make some suggestions without knowing the text within which this’ll sit, so I might not be interpreting the diagram as it’s intended. That understood, I’think yes, it makes sense, and yes it is useful.
    I think that there could be another ‘Interpretation’ between ‘Theory’ and ‘Design’. A different interpretive skill to that for the ‘Interpretation’ between ‘Evidence’ and ‘Analysis’ but some form of interpretation (and perhaps selection and filtering) is required.



    Comment by Andrew Brasher | July 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. thanks Andrew. very useful comment! now I have to figure out how I interpret it in the context of my chapter. 🙂
    You’re right that theory does not translate directly to design, and needs to be interpreted. but its a differnt kind of interpretation, and Idealy I would have a different word for it. Maybe projection?

    Comment by yishaym | July 6, 2009 | Reply

  3. Yishay,
    Nice diagram. If you are describing an “as is” state for a Research and Design cycle, then there are a few things missing. Notably, there is “Adoption” (or lack thereof) after implementation of the design.
    If you are describing a “should be” state for the Research and Design cycle (geared at maximizing implementation and/or adoption rates, for instance), then there are many things missing. I’ll be happy to discuss, but am not sure what your intent is with the diagram.
    All the best,

    Comment by Julian Keith Loren | July 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. Thanks Julian.
    This is a diagram of a cycle of “design research”, not to be confused with “Research and design”. Design research, design-based research, or design science – a paradigm that focuses on design as an object, a method and a product of enquiry. Adoption is important – but IMHO external to the core scientific activity.

    Comment by yishaym | July 29, 2009 | Reply

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