Despite its many accomplishments over the last fifty years, one thing that Design research hasn’t done is maintain contact with mainstream analytic philosophy. Since the 1960s philosophers have been engaging in debates about Art that are informed by, and which inform, theoretical discussions within the Artworld itself. Even before that, Modernism pointed design research in this same direction, by emphasizing the continuity of art and design and highlighting philosophical issues in design practice. But we have yet to fully realize this vision of a ‘Philosophy of Design’ that unites philosophers and practitioners in the study of design practice.
Glenn Parsons, invited respondent for DRS2016