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9) Anthony Dunne (2005) complements this approach with his research program of Critical Design, an explicitly critical and subversive approach. In this perspective, speculative design and prototypical artifacts are used to challenge narrow premises, assumptions, preconceptions, and givens about existing artifacts and technologies, and thus to raise awareness, expose assumptions, provoke action, spark debate, and even entertain, as ways of getting researchers and designers to engage with critical Design. Based on these insights, a bundle of research strategies and design methods are deduced and assembled into a Design Fiction Method Toolbox, as a way of translating the fundamental debates, major perspectives, and multiple approaches in science studies into a set of research practices that can be directly related to the particular qualities and designerly ways of knowing that characterize design practice and design research. As a projection, we take the hypothesis of a convergence towards a new “trans-domainâ€? of Science and Design as a promising starting point for exploring new strategies and possible futures for the field of Design Research. Opening up for new possibilities and opportunities, rather than closing down on defined positions and perspectives, is the guiding spirit of this book. We wish to thank the staff at Birkhäuser and, in particular, Dr. Robert Steiger for their endless patience and support in making this book a reality. Special heartfelt thanks go to our colleague Ralf Michel, who played a key role in developing, planning, and producing this publication as one of its initiators.

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Mapping Design Research  

Design research is becoming increasingly important in academic and creative contexts within the international research landscape. Through it...

Mapping Design Research  

Design research is becoming increasingly important in academic and creative contexts within the international research landscape. Through it...

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