Fundamentals of Design Research

Washington D.C. campuses

GA Washington D.C. (1776 8th Floor)
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington DC 20005

Past Locations for this Class

Fundamentals of Design Research

Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. campuses

GA Washington D.C. (1776 8th Floor)
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington DC 20005

Past Locations for this Class

About this class

This course will provide a brief yet in-depth foray into the fundamentals of design research. Find the value of understanding users and user groups and discover the ability of design research to inform design directions, structure ideation and interaction. This class is specifically tailored to thinking about design research as it pertains to the greater design process as opposed to as an isolated field of work. • Learn the value of design research and how it should be understood in terms of the greater design process.

Calling all business owners interested in expanding markets and understanding your users, or designers who may be unfamiliar, unpracticed, or doubtful of design research! Students will learn a variety of approaches and methodologies available to design researchers based on project scope and context, how to prepare the materials necessary for the methodologies, as well as tips and tricks for how to conduct them properly. We'll tease out how to find the “needle in the haystack” in one’s findings and to begin the arduous process of synthesis. Finally we'll explore different methods for codifying findings to ensure they continue on throughout the design process.

Takeaways

  • Learn effective qualitative design research methodologies for understanding depending on context and project scope
  • Learn best practices in preparing and conducting aforementioned research methodologies
  • Understand how to set up successful synthesis of findings
  • Leave with frameworks for choosing and employing research methodologies

Prereqs & Preparation

Basic understanding of design thinking.

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