A Systematic Review on International Design Research, in Order to Ensure that the Findings Can Compare Design Capabilities in the Portuguese Reality

  • Maria João FélixEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Design and Innovation book series (SSDI, volume 1)


This chapter will present a first phase of a contextual study, which will initially focus on a systematic study of internationally produced thinking about the most pertinent contours, challenges, methods and results of design research. This study will make it possible to establish a reference framework, both for the collection and classification of data related to the Portuguese reality and for its subsequent analysis. Design research has a recognized trajectory, but the discourse built so far is not visible to the academic community. Researchers, creators, and theorists began documenting design when it was recognized as something that could be taught. Despite the isolated attempts of theoretical depth by some researchers, the degree of relevance between research and the different areas of design has been quite diverse, such as engineering, architecture and product design, still touching on territories such as arts and crafts. To summarize the available information on the evolution of research in the area of Design and the problematization that the international scientific community has generated around the establishment of its outlines and methods, namely on practice-based research, it will serve as a contribution to the clarification of aspects that are very relevant to a rapidly expanding area.


Design research Practice-based research Relationship between science and design Design research methodology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of DesignPolytechnic Institute of Cávado and AveBarcelosPortugal
  2. 2.CIAUDUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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