Ways of Drifting in Design Experiments

Part of the Design Research Foundations book series (DERF)


In Chap.  4, we presented a Knowledge-Relevance model (K-R) that maps design activities in terms of evaluation and hypothesis construction, and knowledge and relevance interests. We analyzed some of the ways in which hypotheses construction takes shape in the four traditions we have identified in Chap.  3. In this chapter our focus will be at the very heart of the model: how design experiments articulate research interests, how drifting happens in experimentation, and how drifting happens between design experiments. Based on the corpus of PhD dissertations that form the foundations of this book, we provide a typology comprised of five types of design experiments. We will label these as accumulative, comparative, serial, expansive and probing.


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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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