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Case studies in the use of design practice by PhD researchers

This resource has been created by the Design Practice Research Group at Loughborough Design School in response to the on-going debate about the nature and contribution of visually creative design practice to academic research. The aim of the DPR Case Studies is to provide examples of PhDs from around the world in which the researcher engaged in the practice of a visually creative design discipline to support data collection. This open access resource provides an overview of PhDs that necessitated and/or facilitated the researcher to engage in practice to support data collection. In addition to aims, objectives and research questions, the overview includes insights into the rationale for the inclusion of practice; how this differed from commercial practice; and the experience of the researcher as a practitioner before commencing the PhD. A key feature of the DPR Case Studies is the inclusion of images of the design process plus final outcomes. Design disciplines currently represented in the case studies are fashion, graphic, industrial, interior, silversmithing/jewellery, textile and transport. If you would like your completed PhD to be considered for inclusion as a DPR Case Study and peer review by the Design Practice Research Group, please contact the research group leader and editor of the collection, Dr Mark Evans (M.A.Evans@lboro.ac.uk).

The DPR Case Studies can also be found on the Design Practice Research Group website here.