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Monday, December 25, 2006

Websites & Readings for Design Researchers

Ten Top Websites for Researchers

As recommended by Darren Newbury (editor), The Research Training Initiative, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design
The UK Grad Programme
This site has a wealth of material on research skills, the development of research careers and so on. It is of use to research students and supervisors.
The United Kingdom National Academic Mailing List Service, JISCmail is the hosting service for electronic discussion lists across all subject areas. The website contains information on the many subject based lists and how to join them.
Kovacs Directory of Scholarly and Professional E-Conferences
An international database of professional and academic electronic discussion lists which can be searched by keyword.
National Postgraduate Committee
The website for the United Kingdom organisation for postgraduate students. The site contains useful information for students, discussion on postgraduate issues, as well as links to further resources and equivalent organisations in other countries.
Resource Discovery Network
This is an extensive catalogue of Internet resources for researchers across a wide range of subject areas. Includes online training modules in using the web as a research resource.
BUBL Information Service
This is very useful general information resource covering all academic subject areas.
The British Library
Includes a link to the online British Library Public Catalogue.
Only available to students based in UK institutions, this site allows you to set up an email alerting service for particular journals or user-defined keywords.
NISS: Information for Education
Very useful general information site, which links to the home pages and library catalogues of all higher education institutions in the UK. The sites also have information on higher education and links to web-based resources across the world.
First choice for an Internet search engine.The Internet is now so large and changes so rapidly that it is simply impossible to catalogue its contents across the art, design and media subject range.
Some library sites do a good job of listing subject-based resources (see for example the 'i page' at the London Institute, but even these will only cover a proportion of what is available. It is important for researchers themselves to learn to search the Internet effectively, and begin building up their own sets of useful websites based on their specific research interests.

Recommended Reading

Bauer, M.W. & Gaskell, G. (Eds.) (2000) Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound: a practical handbook, Sage.
Biggs, M. (2000). ‘Foundations of practice-based research: proceedings of the research into practice conference’ [online]. Working Papers in Art and Design Volume 1. Available from URL:
Bohm, D. (1987), Unfolding Meaning: A Weekend of Dialogue with David Bohm, Routledge.
Booth, W. Colomb, G. and Williams, J. (1995) The Craft of Research, University of Chicago Press.
Braun, T. (2004) The Philosophy of Branding: Great philosophers think brands, Kogan Page
Brew, A., (2001), The Nature of Research. Inquiry in Academic Contexts, Routledge Falmer Research.
Brewer, J., Hunter, A. (1989) Multimethod Research: a synthesis of styles, Sage.
Brockbank, A. & McGill, I., (1998),‘Reflection and Reflective Practice’, in: Facilitating Reflective Learning in Higher Education, Open University Press, 700-88.
Brown, M. F. (1998) ‘Can culture be copyrighted?’ Current Anthropology, 39(2) 193-206.
Clark, K. (2004) Brandscendence: Three essential elements of enduring brands, Dearborn Trade Publishing
Crosby, J. V. (2000) Cycles, Trends & Turning Points, NTC Publishing Group
Cross, N. (ed.) (1984), Developments in Design Methodology. John Wiley & Sons.
Cross, N. (2001), ‘Designerly Ways of Knowing: Design Discipline Versus Design Science’, in: Design Issues Vol. 17, No.3.
Danvers, J.(1995), ‘The Knowing Body: Art as an Integrative System of Knowledge’, in: Journal for Art and Design Education, 14 (3), 289-97.
Denzin, N. K. and Lincoln, Y.S. (2003) The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues (2nd edition). Sage (Chapters 1, 6 and Part III) Lincoln Y.S. and Guba E.G. (2003).
Douglas, A. and Scopa, K. (2000) ‘Research through Practice: Positioning the Practitioner as Researcher’ in: Research into Practice, July 1999 –
Druckrey, T. (ed) (1996) Electronic Culture, Aperture.
Durling, D. (2002). ‘Discourses on research and the PhD in design’, in: Quality Assurance in Education, 10(2), 79-85.
Emmison, M. and Smith P. (2000), Researching the Visual: Images, Objects, Contexts and Interactions in Social and Cultural Inquiry, Sage
Evamy, M. (2003) World Without Words, Watson Guptill
Feyerabend, P. (1987), ‘Creativity’ and ‘Progress in Philosophy, the Sciences and the Arts’, in: Farewell to Reason. Verso.
Frayling, C.(1993), ‘Research in Art and Design’, in: Royal College of Art Research Papers 1.
Frisch, M. (1990) A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History, Albany, State University of New York Press.
Gell, A.(1998) ‘Art and Agency: an anthropological theory’, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Gladwell, M. (2004) Blink: The power of thinking without thinking
Gobé, M. (2001) Emotional Branding: The new paradigm for connecting brands to people, Allworth Press
Gray, C. (1995) Developing a Research Procedures Programme for Artists and Designers. Aberdeen: Centre for Research into Art and Design, Robert Gordon University.
Gray, C. and Malins, J. (1999) ‘The digital thesis: recent developments in practice-based PhD research in art and design’, in: Digital Creativity, 10 (1), 18-28.
Gray, C. and Pirie, I. (1995) ‘‘Artistic’ research procedure: research at the edge of chaos?’, in: Design Interfaces Conference, vol.3. Salford: The European Academy of Design, University of Salford.
Gray, C. and Malins, J. (2004) ‘Visualising Research’, Ashgate.
Graves, D. (2002), ‘Art as a Rational Activity’, in: Journal of Aesthetic Education, 36 (4), 1-14.
Grele, R. (ed.) (1985) Envelopes of Sound: the Art of Oral History, Chicago, Precedent, second edition.
Hamlyn, N. (2003) Film Art Phenomena, British Film Institute.
Harrild, A.; Frayling, C.; Painter, C. and Woodham, J. (1998), Transcript of Research Seminar on Practice-Based Doctorates in Creative and Performing Arts and Design, Surrey Institute of Art and Design.
Hill, D. (2003) Body of Truth, John Wiley & Sons.
Hill, P. (1995), ‘Is there a Doctor in the Art School?’, in: Arts Monthly Australia.
Hill, S. (2002) 60 Trends in 60 Minutes, John Wiley & Sons.
Jeamsinkul, C and Sawasdichai, N. (2002), ‘Perspectives on Building a Foundation for Design Research: Annotated Principles and Methods of Design Research List’. In: Visible Language, 2 (36) Helmer Poggenpohl.
Jones, J.C.(1992), Design Methods; Seeds of Human Futures, John Wiley & Sons.
Kazmierczak, E.T.(2003), ‘Design as Meaning Making: From Making Things to the Design of Thinking’, in: Design Issues 19(2).
Kiley, D. (2004) Driven: Inside BMW, John Wiley & Sons.
Kroes, P. (2002), ‘Design methodology and the nature of technical artefacts’, in: Design Studies 23.
Lamb, D. (1983), Discovery, Creativity and Problem Solving, Avebury.
Lawson, B. (1997), How Designers Think: The Design Process Demystified, London: Architectural Press, 3rd edition.
Lopiano-Misdom, J. and De Luca, J. (1998) Street Trends, Harper Business
McLeod, K. (c2000), ‘What would falsify an art practice? Research Degrees in Fine Art’, in: Broadside, University of Central England.
Marshall, S. (2006) Your PhD Companion, How to Books.
Mason, J. (2001), Researching your Own Practice: The Discipline of Noticing, Routledge Falmer.
Newbury, D. (1996), ‘Designing and Managing a Research Project’, in: Birmingham: The Research Training Initiative, University of Central England.
Newbury, D. (1996), ‘Knowledge and research in art and design’ in: Design Studies, 17(2), 215-219.
Newbury, D. (1996), ‘Research Perspectives in Art and Design’ in: Birmingham: The Research Training Initiative, University of Central England.
Olins, W. (2003) On Brand, Thames & Hudson.
Oxman, R.(2004), ‘Think-Maps: Teaching design thinking in design education’ in: Design Studies 25.
Perks R. and Thompson, P. (eds), (1998) The Oral History Reader, London, Routledge.
Phillips, E. (2005) How to Get a PhD: A Handbook for Students and Their Supervisors, Study Skills.
Polanyi, M. (1983), Tacit Dimension, Peter Smith.
Rieser, M. and Zapp, A. (eds.) (2002) New Screen Media, British Film Institute.
Riezebos, R. (2003) Brand Management: A theoretical and practical approach, FT Prentice Hall.
Robson, C. (2003), Real World Research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner researchers, Blackwell.
Rose, G. (2001), Visual Methodologies, Sage.
Roth, S. (1999), ‘The State of Design Research’ in: Design Issues 2 (2).
Rugg, G. (2004) The Unwritten Rules of Phd Research, Open University Press.Scheurich, J.J. (1997) ‘The Masks of Validity: A Deconstructive Investigation’ in: Research Method in the Postmodern, Routledge Falmer.
Schon, D. (1985), The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action, Arena.
Schon, D. (1990), Educating the Reflective Practitioner, Jossey Bass Willey.
Seago, A. (1995). ‘Research methods for MPhil and PhD students in art and design: contrasts and conflicts’ in: Royal College of Art Research Papers 1 (3), London: Royal College of Art.
Seago, A. and Dunne, A. (1999), ‘New Methodologies in Art and Design Research: The Object as Discourse’ in: Design Studies 15 (2).
Strandman, P. Ed. (1998), No Guru, No Method? Discussions on Art and Design Research. Helsinki: University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH.
Stanley, N. (1998) Being ourselves for you: the global display of cultures. London: Middlesex University Press.
Tufte, E. (1997), Visual Explanations, Graphics Press.
von Stamm, B. (2002) The Innovation Wave: Addressing Future Challenges, John Wiley & Sons
Walliman, N. (2005) Your Research Project: A Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher, Sage Publications.
Weibel, P and Shaw, J. (eds) (2003) Future Cinema – The Cinematic Imaginary After Film, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Weisberg, R.(1999), ‘Creativity and Knowledge: a Challenge to Theories’, in: Stemberg, R., ed., Handbook of Creativity, Cambridge University Press, 226-50.
Weth, von der, R. (1999), ‘Design Instinct? – the development of individual strategies’ in: Design Studies 20.
Williams, R. (1965), ‘The Creative Mind’, in: The Long Revolution, Penguin, 19-56.
Winter, R., Griffiths, M. and Green, K. (2000), ‘The ‘academic’ qualities of practice: what are the criteria for a practice-based PhD?’ in: Studies in Higher Education, 25(1): 25-37.
Wisker, G. (2001), The Postgraduate Research Handbook, Palgrave.
Young, J. (2001), Art and Knowledge, Routledge.
Zeisel, J. (1984), Inquiry by Design, Cambridge University Press.

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