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Gjoko Muratovski’s Research for Designers provides a structured approach to introducing design students and new researchers to design research. Designers embarking on research have often found it to be challenging to find books that are able to provide them with the necessary advice and guidance for success. This book helps to overcome this challenge by taking the reader through the research process from defining the research problem through to the literature review on to data collection and analysis.
Today, designers design services, processes and organizations; craft skills no longer suffice. We need to discover, define and solve problems based upon evidence. We need to demonstrate the validity of our claims. We need Design Research, but as special kind of research, with methods appropriate to the applied, constructive nature of design. We need a book on research for designers that can educate students and be a reference for professionals. And here it is: Gjoko Muratovski's masterful book for 21st century designers.
Enlightened decisions. Breakthrough innovation. Insightful insights. Great outcomes begin with in-depth design research. Thankfully, Gjoko Muratovski has written the definitive compendium that not only covers ‘how’ to best conduct design research but ‘why’ it is such a vital ingredient to success. Although intended for design students, I believe Muratovski’s manual offers a far broader appeal. Strategists, business leaders, policy makers, anyone who wants to enhance and advance their research proficiency to achieve a better outcome should read this book.
A brilliantly written and wonderfully comprehensive book on the wide array of research methods available that can, ultimately, help us design a better world. As companies, organizations and even governments turn to designers to solve a wide range of problems, a more evidence-based approach to design will certainly be in design’s future. This book is an invaluable contribution to that effort. Appropriate for students and professional designers alike, Gjoko Muratovski’s Research for Designers should be required reading for anyone creating anything!
Research for Designers explores design research based on a panorama of the evolution of design. It is a useful book for designers, educators and researchers. It is also a meaningful book, as it opens the window for enriching and improving the rationalities between design and a possible better world. While facing a new era of design activism, a new culture of knowledge creation should be involved as part of the agenda. Gjoko Muratovski’s work makes a concrete step forward.
Inspiring and engaging. Muratovski gives us a visionary preview on the future of design. He argues that design is transforming from ‘problem-solving’ to ‘problem-finding’—something every company, from startups to multinationals, needs in today’s hyper-connected and fast-changing world. Muratovski provides the context and, more importantly, the implications of the rise of design as a powerful competitive advantage. If you want to know more about the role of design in the past, present and where design is headed, start here
Design is a field with a relatively a short history. Design Research has even a shorter one. Regardless of that, since John Chris Jones’s Design Methods there have been quite a few books on design methods that follow changes in the fundamental nature, scale and complexity of design problems. However, the existing books in the field mainly deal with design methods and tools for different stages of the design process.
Flexible production technology and new business models enable companies to make almost anything. The unintended consequences include consumers confused by too many choices and managers not knowing what to make. Design offers new ways for executives to understand and fulfil people’s needs and aspirations; however, the informality of design knowledge prevents design operating at the speed and scale that is needed. Research for Designers is a major contribution to giving structure to design knowledge. This book will help companies succeed by helping people have better lives.
With Research for Designers, Gjoko Muratovski has put together a highly valuable resource for designers who want to better understand how to do design research. Designers, but also those who teach designers, will find these resources extraordinary useful.
In Research for Designers, Gjoko Muratovski provides a comprehensive and insightful guidance to designers on how to find answers to well articulated design related questions, in a methodical and systematic way. This is a much more complex undertaking than it might seem, given the increasing inter- and trans-disciplinarity of most design-related questions and the growing need for designers to master many highly varying research methods and methodologies.
Organisations of all types need to navigate through an increasingly complex, fast moving world in order to survive and thrive. Research-led, design-based problem solving has the potential to help organisations understand complexity by asking the right questions that lead to finding effective strategies and solutions to complex problems. The need for conducting rigorous knowledge-based inquiry is a central theme of this very timely and relevant book by Gjoko Muratovski.
Research for Designers is a highly valuable book for anyone who engages with the design process, regardless of whether they are designers, engineers or business developers. This book introduces research with a strong practical focus and it lays down the foundations for developing an entire R&D process, even for large-scale, long-term projects - which makes it incredibly useful to both design and business leaders.
As new hybrid industries that transcend disciplinary boundaries continue to emerge the need for a future design workforce, that is still not yet understood, is becoming increasingly evident. That is why we need a book like Research for Designers that explains designers how to navigate their way across disciplines, teaches them how to integrate research with practice, and empowers them to take on leadership roles in this new world.
Research for Designers is a concise, pragmatic and well-written book. The smart use of graphics throughout the volume affords the reader clear comprehension of complex material.
Designers aiming to change the world are always in pursuit of new approaches that can help them realize their potential, even if they are already strongly motivated creative people. This search is a driving force that leads them to become deeper thinkers, and this is also what drives them to learn new things. So far, they had to do with basic research in order to understand complex problems, namely looking within the field of design itself, while this book shows them how to find knowledge that lies outside the field.
‘Doing by design' will be advanced significantly by Gjoko Muratovski’s book Research for Designers. The book clearly explains how effective cross-disciplinary discovery and delivery of strategic solutions to complex problems needs to begin with targeted and credible research of the problem area, the ecosystem, the context, and the stakeholders involved. While the book provides a great overview for designers that are interested in learning about research methods and how to use them, the application of this book goes further.
Gjoko Muratovski makes an excellent case for how Design Research can help move design practice and education to the next level. Society has a growing need for comprehensive Design Thinking and his book, Research for Designers, makes the subject easy to understand for novices and also serves as an excellent reference and inspiration for experts.
Just as all institutions and disciplines must, from time to time, be revolutionized in order to survive and thrive, all revolutions must eventually be institutionalized and disciplined. In Research for Designers Gjoko Muratovski makes a contribution that will help institutionalize and expand the current design revolution. As the first textbook for conducting design-related research, this discipline-enhancing, accessible, step-by-step guide can help institutes of design everywhere fulfil the promise of this important, new and expanding field.
The nature of my work, as a practising Industrial Designer for many years has made it unavoidable for me to consider large questions—design is no longer a thought system for creating a product but has become a method of contemplating existence. Today, as designers, we are exploring a new vision; a vision that seeks to apply creativity to challenges of our age, namely digital technology and information. The designer of today is involved with designing experiences, not just looks and appearances. New ideas will be meaningful only if we can coordinate physical, sensual and cultural forces.
Research for Designers works well to illuminate for Master's and Doctoral level students how and why important shifts in design are taking place around the world from 'product creation' to 'process creation' and from 'a field of practice ' to a 'field of thinking and research'. In course development and lecturing on design at universities such as Stanford, St. Petersburg Polytechnic, Borås, Aalto and Tongji, I have until now been searching for this kind of good new books. One down.