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Design Research Process 

The design research is the methodology with the intention of presenting the thesis question and issue of inquiry in a rational way. According to McGregor and Murname (2010),

 

[t]he word methodology comprises two nouns: method and ology, which means a branch of knowledge; hence, the methodology is a branch of knowledge that deals with the general principles or axioms of the generation of new knowledge. Simply put, methodology refers to how each of logic, reality, values and what counts as knowledge inform research (p. 2).

 

The methodology is about using certain methods and specific principles to guide research practice. In the design context, methodology plays an important role in helping designers find their direction in an ambiguous design problem. It also leads design researchers to use different types of methods and sources to solve the issue or problem. According to Swann (2002), the use of methodology may bring new insight to the design problem and create new solutions by enlarging the scope of design knowledge (Swann, 2002).

I did a simple data visualization to summarize my research process.

 

As Swann states (2002), “[t]he design process … can only be effective if it is a constant process of revisiting the problem, re-analyzing it, and synthesizing revised solutions” (p. 53). The researcher uses design research as a methodology to expand and dig up thesis problems, investigate and identify questions, and collect and analyze data and information. Then, after several rounds of synthesis, the researcher must review and rethink the emerging outcome until the most suitable solution for the thesis subject is finalized.

 

Reference:

McGregor, S. L., & Murnane, J. A. (2010). Paradigm, methodology, and method: Intellectual integrity in consumer scholarship. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34(4), 419-427.

Swann, C. (2002). Action Research and the Practice of Design. Design Issues, 18(2), 49-61.