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Seminar: How ‘Design’ is Represented in Design Thinking Research
Wed 22 June 2016, 12:00 – 13:00 BST
We would like to invite you to a seminar delivered by Aysar Ghassan on 8th June 2016 in the Grass.
A Corpus-Led Study into how ‘Design’ is Represented in Design Thinking Research
For nearly 40 years, a tide of design research has argued that the way designers think is unique amongst professionals. The concept known as ‘Design Thinking’ is argued to be central to enabling design practice. The status of Design Thinking is such that leading institutions publically promote its teaching. The notion of Design Thinking is however criticised by a small body of researchers. Kimbell (2011) for example argues that research has yet to produce “a definitive or historically informed account of design thinking, nor any explanation for why [designers] might have a particular cognitive style”.
This session further unpicks existing Design Thinking research. Specifically, it discusses a pilot study which analyses how ‘design’ is framed in Design Thinking research abstracts (Ghassan, 2016). It does this with the aid of corpus-led methods. Corpus-led techniques enable the establishment of quantitative and qualitative insights into how meaning is constructed in written or spoken language.
The results provide insight into how power and legitimacy may be constructed in Design Thinking research.
Ghassan, A. (2016) A Corpus-Led Study into how ‘Design’ is Represented in Design Thinking Research, To be presented at the DESIGN 2016 14th International Design Conference'. To be held 16-19 May 2016 in Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Kimbell, L. (2011) Rethinking Design Thinking: Part I, Design and Culture, 3(3), pp.285-306.
Aysar Ghassan teaches Automotive and Transport Design at Coventry University. He believes it is vital to assimilate research and teaching to improve the student experience and graduate employability. A member of Coventry University’s Mobility & Transport Research Centre, he has published over 20 academic papers on the following issues: Design Thinking; Design Philosophy; Design Strategy; Sustainability; Design Pedagogy. Aysar is studying for a PhD in which he is investigating the Discourse of Design Thinking. His PhD makes use of methods derived from the field of Corpus Linguistics.
Aysar’s journalistic articles (most recently for Artsthread.com) further inform design students and graduates of the connection between research and practice. Aysar also enjoys creative writing and has recently completed a poetry project with Network West Midlands (please see, http://goo.gl/XK7Ftk)
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