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DG000: Design [and Research] Processes [research intro]


Prof. Dr. M. Rauterberg
Department Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
Actual time and location will be announced via email to all subscribed students.


This webpage provides the background information for the introduction lecture.

After following this introduction lecture you should be able:

  • to have a basic understanding of the meta-competency "Design and Research Processes" (DRP).

Previous Knowledge

  • You have to be open-minded.


Competency area: "Design and Research Processes"
Goal: Master the design process and the research process and adjust these processes to the
demands of the task at hand.

An Industrial Designer should be able to run the design processes efficiently and effectively, to reflect on different kinds and different ways of designing and be able to choose an appropriate design strategy for their design challenges (with a strong emphasis on the focus of his department). Therefore you need to understand what kind of activity designing is, how it differs from other human activities, and which abilities you should develop to become a designer. A successful design is highly dependant on a thorough research process as a ‘knowledge builder’ and ‘information gatherer’ about the subject domain. Specific research and design processes are planned and organized according to the nature of the design subject and context; these can be quite different and need to be considered carefully according to the required project deliverables.

Intro schedule





first day

Introduction in the basic ideas:
lecture [PPT], [PDF]

Agile Project Management for Dummies [PDF]

additional presentations:
Larson & Gray: Agile Project Management.
Greenberg: Methodology Overview.
Engineering Design Process [PPT]

Here is the new Starter-Kit:
1) Download Quality Memory Jogger.
2) Select a Tool and apply in your project.
3) Prepare a presentation for feedback.
4) Read more about the PDCA model.
5) Select the most fitting design process view.

How to do a literature search? Go here! Tips
CHECK THIS: The Usability-Net Resource Homepage


Additional books:
B. Buxton (2007) Sketching User Experiences.
B. Laurel (2003) Design Research.
B. Lawson, K. Dorst (2009) Design Expertise.
P. Markopoulos et al (2008) Evaluating Children's Interactive Products.
D. Mayhew (1999) The Usability Engineering Lifecycle.
K. Vredenburg et al (2002) User-Centered Design.
N. Walliman (2011) Your Research Project.

Literature is provided here:

ID Educational Guide

video lecture

Williams (2007): Survey of Agile Models.

Dorst (2002):
Design and research processes.

Dorst & Rauterberg (2008): Competency levels.

Lawson & Dorst (2010):
Design Expertise.

Hummels & Frens (2008):
Designing for the unknown.