“Designed Research: Publishing Designs as Scholarship”

Ball, Cheryl E. (2014/forthcoming). Designed research: Publishing designs as scholarship. Proceedings for Design Research Society conference, Umeå, Sweden.

Scholarly publications are a primary means for researchers in any field to foster and support a shared discourse. As design researchers debate what forms their scholarship might take, this author suggests looking to examples from other, transdisciplinary academic fields that have long traditions in publishing designed research, or scholarship that enacts its argument through design. The author offers cases of several online journals in the sciences, arts, and humanities that publish designed research of various types, including one example from digital writing studies, which shares design researchers’ interests in collaborative, process-based, rhetorical practices. By considering alternative modes of publishing design research through designed research, the shared discourses of scholarly practice can serve as a pedagogical site of knowledge-building for the field.

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