Designers use many research methods established by other disciplines, adapt even more, and develop their own for research within the creative process of human centered design. This graduate course presents an opportunity to explore several of the research methods currently employed by the design professions, to understand the basis of these methods, and to gain first-hand experience through direct application of methods within a design project. The course has an explicit integration with graduate Design Studio II, such that methods are introduced “just-in-time” for hands-on experience in developing the studio project, following a sequence of Exploratory, Generative, and Evaluative research. The emphasis is on collecting information from people throughout the creative process, rather than isolating research as a separate activity from design.
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