DESIGNER EVOLUTION: A STORY OF RECONCILLIATION BETWEEN CREATIVITY AND RESEARCH IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Editor: Marjanovic, D.
Author: Arnold, J.W.
Section: MULTIDISCIPLINARY ASPECTS OF DESIGN
The industrial design profession in the United States has evolved over the past 50 years. This evolution has included a shift to a research based practice of industrial design from an art/intuitive based practice. Industrial designers have been conducting their own kind of design research for at least the last 50 years, and collaboration with other disciplines has produced improved research methodologies that satisfy the needs of: fast paced product development, credibility, and creativity. The creative process can be enhanced rather than stifled by research. This evolution and growth of research based design has been observed through an extensive literature review and in-depth interviews with key figures in design research history.