Abstract

The design research community has been interested in its identity as an intellectual community for some time, and, as with design itself, critique is central to good scholarship. Building on recent citation analyses in the field, in this paper we examine two cases of critique in design research scholarship. We aim to contribute to the theory of scholarly critique by providing a richer picture of critical citations than has previously been available. In addition, we identify the need for a crucial methodological development in the field; namely, design researchers need a way to examine and assess critical citations from within. Analytical (citation) frameworks that have been imported from other fields are limited in what they can tell us about the nature and quality of critical citations in the design research community. We argue for the DRS community to examine and reflect on its use of scholarly critique.

Keywords:

scholarly critique; community building; critical citations; citation analysis

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An Examination of Scholarly Critique in DRS Publications and Its Role as Catalyst for Community Building

The design research community has been interested in its identity as an intellectual community for some time, and, as with design itself, critique is central to good scholarship. Building on recent citation analyses in the field, in this paper we examine two cases of critique in design research scholarship. We aim to contribute to the theory of scholarly critique by providing a richer picture of critical citations than has previously been available. In addition, we identify the need for a crucial methodological development in the field; namely, design researchers need a way to examine and assess critical citations from within. Analytical (citation) frameworks that have been imported from other fields are limited in what they can tell us about the nature and quality of critical citations in the design research community. We argue for the DRS community to examine and reflect on its use of scholarly critique.

 

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