Designing Design Methods

Maria Göransdotter & Valentina Auricchio

Project funded by and carried out at the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy,  during 2021.

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Designing Design Methods: Exploring past and present methods development to face emerging practices and unstable futures

The objective of this study is to investigate aspects of the historical emergence of design methods in relation to societal challenges, to build a deeper understanding of the nature of design methods in order to allow their evolution in time. The research themes will integrate methodologies stemming from design studies research practices with roots in the humanities and social sciences with methodologies pertaining to practice-based research through design. One aim is to prototype collaborative formats for investigating the historicity of design methods, in order to critically engage designers and researchers together in exploring limits and possibilities in existing and emerging design processes and practices.