What is it like to see a bat?

Title: What is it like to see a bat?
Author: Richard Herriott

Affiliation:

Design School Kolding, Kolding, Denmark
DOI: 10.3384/svid.2000-964X.17113
First published: 2017-09
Year: 2017
Pages: 13-21
Number of pages: 9
Language: English
Publisher:

SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation/Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköping University, Sweden

Publication type:

Journal article
Journal: Swedish Design Research Journal
ISSN: 2000-964X
   

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Abstract

The article examines inadequacies of design research regarding the treatment of appearances of objects or, in other words, those aspects which are qualitative and psychological. It presents a division of design research into means-based and ends-based inquiry. Design's relation to art, planning, engineering and social science is presented to make clear how design research may overlook the intuitive in pursuit of objectively legitimate explanations. A tentative description of the core of design is offered followed by an analysis of how designers approach aesthetic judgements. The distinction between intuitive design and process-based design is explained. This relates to a question posed by Hillier (1998) concerning design's relation to processes and form. Finally, a case is made for an art-criticism approach to design research, one which addresses the meaning of form.

Keywords

Design process, design research, design methods, aesthetics.

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