Research salons in Design Futures are designed to reinvigorate a culture of sharing ideas in informal settings. They’re occasional, casual meet-ups with a topic of discussion and a programme of speakers (from one to many).

We’ll be scheduling more salons to come, but read about our most recent one below.

2019// Facta-Futura:

Research in design takes many forms, oriented on a number of axis: from practice to theory; purely applied to entirely speculative; instrumentalist to activist. Where do we – as design researchers – place ourselves? What design research are we engaged in? What motivates us in creating new design knowledge and what knowledge claims do we make?[1] 

In May 2019, we invited design researchers to share their research perspectives: Jessica Priemus shared her work in Narrating Textile Construction; Dr Jo Li Lay outlined her recently completed PhD research centred on a model of interactivity for user experiences and its application to learning; Dr Qassim Saad his work on design discourse in Iraq, post-colonialism and modernity in the Eastern Mediterranean, the nature of rivers as socio-natural entities and the development of the 2021 Indian Ocean Rim Craft Triennial; Dr Philip Ely located his research on the axes of facta to futura, making things to designing systems and processes, and persuading audiences to sense-making.

Design and design research’s many forms offer up a richness of ontological and epistemological perspectives in which our identities and values as researchers are brought out into the open. Intimately tied to our personal identities, the act of designing or researching about design nevertheless finds common ground in the both pragmatic and speculative potential of design and its critical place in sustaining social life.