Drifting in Four Epistemic Traditions

Part of the Design Research Foundations book series (DERF)


The previous chapter mapped some of the most important characteristics in which constructive design research differs from professional practices and conditions for design. Our focus was on the implications of a shift from design practice to a knowledge-based discipline. We paid attention specifically to how this shift has been interpreted in constructive design research, and how this shift changes the outcomes of design. We saw a wide variation on perspectives from those focusing on how artifacts carry knowledge to those authors who want to turn design into a science. Although constructive design research focuses on artifacts and cannot exist without them, it differs radically from design practice in one respect, which is the context in which claims are justified. In design practice, the context of justification are the design world and the market. In constructive design research, the context of justification is knowledge and design research community.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EngineeringSocio-Technical design, Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Design NextUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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