By Birger Sevaldson
Updated December 2017
Often, we talk of research-based education, meaning that the research results are quickly reflected in education. Education-based research looks at education as an opportunity and resource for knowledge production. This is especially feasible in design because design education is project based, and studio practice is central. Education-based research is a research design that combines individual freedom for the master’s students with the development of concepts, methods, cases and experience in practice.
A group of good students working on a reflective practice in the studio, while under the guidance, observation and analysis of the educator can be a great resource. Systems-oriented design is first regarded as a design skill. This skill needs to be taught and trained. The research analyses systematises and develops the experience, theories and knowledge, as well as the methods for teaching and training the skills.
The next level of research is when systems-oriented design is brought to the field. Company collaborations are currently implemented further to develop systems-oriented design and help it become a tool that can aid in the product and service development, making businesses thrive in a sustainable manner.
Systems-oriented design is not a fully developed concept. I sincerely encourage everybody who is interested in contributing to the development of a design proprietary approach to systems thinking and systems practice to contact me and start a collaboration with me
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Publications on design research by Birger Sevaldson:
Discussions & Movements in Design Research: A systems approach to practice research in design.
FORMakademisk Vol.3. nr.1. 2010
The Integrated Conglomerate Approach
Presented at the Doctoral Education in Design Conference in La Clusaz, 2000
Design Research Society.
Research on Digital Design Strategies
Presented at the "Useful and Critical" design research conference in Helsinki 1999.
University of Industrial Arts Helsinki
Research Design in Design Research
Presented at the Cumulus conference in Rome,1999