Lab, Field, Gallery, and Beyond

Ilpo Koskinen, Thomas Binder, Johan Redström


Over the last 10 years we have seen a growing numberof researchers integrating design experiments in theirresearch inquiries. Initially, this work borrowed heavilyfrom neighboring fields, employing a dual strategy inwhich design experiments and their evaluation werelargely treated as separate processes that were oftencarried out by different people. More recently, designresearchers have developed several approaches thatintegrate design-specific work methods into research.This paper takes a methodological look at three suchestablished approaches that the authors call Lab, Field,and Gallery. They are described and their similaritiesand differences analyzed. In conclusion, whetherdesign research today needs foundations based on thestandards established for other disciplines is discussed.


design research; gallery; field studies; laboratory; research through design

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