DRS2016 (celebrating its 50 year anniversary) was the perfect occasion to frame the discussion around how design research has failed in the last 50 years. Looking back, we we’re really overwhelmed with all the great and highly diverse contributions we received for DRS2016 as well as the positive feedback and rich discussions that took place at the conference. It seemed evident that the project needed a next stage.
A large amount of the contributions so far revolves around the divide between academic design research and design research in the industry. We’re very interested in addressing this gap by reaching out to the industry for their responses and reflections on the question of failure. Across the contributions, other related calls for reaching out beyond the historical boundaries of the discipline emerge: Beyond eurocentrism, beyond the domination of males, towards connectivity, digital technologies, other geographies, cultures and disciplines.
In short, this strive for ‘the bigger picture’ is the reason that the project, with the launch of this website, has changed its name from the more DRS2016 focused ‘Fifty Years of Failures’ to the much broader and inclusive ‘Design Research Failures’.
Please note that with this shift, we also encourage everyone on Twitter to stop using #fiftyyearsoffailures and instead move to #designresearchfailures.
Right now we’re sticking to the same old question for future contributions: “In what way has Design Research failed in the last 50 years?” While this question can be phrased differently, we hope that the consistency offers a smooth transition from the aftermath of DRS2016 towards a wider conversation as well as future events that might indeed demand their own twist or angle.