Stella Boess, Ming Cheung, and Rebecca Cain
The overall theme for DRS2020 is Synergy – the coming together of people and disciplines in design research to create a positive impact. On the one hand, design research champions the uniqueness of disciplinary knowledge and creativity, yet on the other hand, the complex world we now live in demands a more synergistic approach to creativity and problem- solving whereby different mindsets, backgrounds and perspectives come together to realise transformative visions of the future. DRS2020 celebrates these emerging synergistic approaches to design research and seeks to explore their exciting possibilities for addressing multi-faceted problems, supporting participation, and transforming problematic situations into desirable ones.
Cristiano Storni, Keelin Leahy, Muireann McMahon, Peter Lloyd, and Erik Bohemia
A catalyst is something that precipitates events; it is the coming together of different entities to generate something new; it is the spark for wider change. Framed by the Catalyst theme, these proceedings explore existing and emergent areas at the intersections of design research, practice, education and policy.
Robin Jacques and James Powell
The 1980 DRS Conference proceedings were published IPS Business Press Ltd. The following text is from the introduction of the printed volume:
The 1980 Conference of the Design Reserach Society (DRS) sought to explore further the relationships between design, science and method. In choosing this theme I was aware that as terms their meanings are anything but clear, and the relationships between them even less so. Both science and method have played a large part in design thinking over the past two decades or so, but to many the field is characterised by the arguments of the early years. Method has been, since the 1950's, the focus of the debate among design theorists about the nature of design and its processes. The antagonists have seen design 'method' 'methods' and 'methodology' as variously mechanistic, over-simplistic, joyless, or as denying the essentially creative nature of design.