Why conduct original research?

Theory Supporting Practice

As part of our Theory Supporting Practice (TSP) module I explored numerous different methodologies for conducting primary research including; practice-led research, ethnography, design probes, focus groups and interviews.

“The overall aim of design research is to develop an accessible, robust body of knowledge that enhances our understanding of design processes, applications, methods and contexts. Often, this knowledge helps to define best practice and workable ,methods in dealing with design and design-related problems. It therefore has considerable potential for improving our use and management of design.”- Cooper and Press, 2007


TSP - Sophie King

This module helped me to understand that at the heart of every design project lays a problem. ‘The ability to understand this problem is paramount to the success of the design outcome. If you do not understand exactly what the problem is, then you will not be able to design a solution that can address this problem’ (Muratovski, G. 2016).

Once the problem space has been identified , it is important to articulate this in a way that is ‘carefully phrased and represents a single goal of the total research effort’ (Leedy and Ormod, 2010). It is helpful to be able to outline the research projects and aims and objectives, the statement needs to be easily understood so people outside your resepective field can understand.


Collins, H. (2015). Creative Research: The Theory and Practice of Research for the Creative Industries. London: Fairchild books, Bloomsbury.

Leedy. P.D., Ormrod, J. E. (2010). Practical Research: Planning and Design. Boston, MA: Pearson

Muratovski, G. (2016). Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice. SAGE Publications Ltd.


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