New book: Practice Based Design Research


This book is the first to address specifically the rapidly-evolving area of practice-based research. It is published by Bloomsbury and has 19 chapters written by 24 researchers from all over the world. On the back cover Ramia Mazé, Professor of Design at Aalto University writes: “This unique collection offers profound insights, exemplary cases and practical guidance for practice-based design research as it expands worldwide. A major contribution to the field, this book is essential for supervisors, researchers, teachers and students of doctoral education in design”.

Thomas Binder and Eva Brandt have contributed with the chapter: “Design (Research) Practice”. Here we suggest “to see design research practices as fundamentally homologous to any other design practice, both in terms of the way they are driven forward by a dialectic between programme and experiment and in how they actualize potentialities through experientially manifesting ‘the possible’. This does not mean that design practices are in themselves research practices. Research practices must be answerable to a research question or concern that resides outside the programme. Still, .. ” (ibid. p. 102).

An overview of books contents is here:


The volume is edited by Laurene Vaughan, professor of Design and Communication at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Contributions are from: Jonny Aspen, Eva Brandt and Thomas Binder, Richard Blythe, Ben Dalton, Cheryl E. Ball, Pia Ednie-Brown, Pelle Ehn, Lisa Grocott, Neil Haslem, Henry Mainsah, Thomas Markussen, Katherine Moline, Andrew Morrison, Zoë Sadokierski, Tom Simmons, Marcelo Yee, Teal Triggs, Cameron Tonkinwise, Peter Ullmark, Laurene Vaughan, Joyce Yee, Jeremy Yuille and Bonne Zabolotney.

About Eva Brandt

Eva Brandt is Professor in Social Design at Design School Kolding. Eva is scientific leader of the Lab for Social Design. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs based on participatory design/codesign) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Practice Based Design Reseach (2017). Ledelse og samskabelse i den offentlige sektor (2018). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013, and are chairing the Nordes 2021 too.
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