The lack of design research engagement with materials and making processes.
Design for the three dimensional world inevitably involves materials and making processes, often in an experimental mode. This can be a direct physical engagement as in the craft and designer-maker traditions, or conducted remotely
as in industrial design and architecture, where materials and processes are often specified rather than worked with. Sadly, for fifty years this has been a neglected aspect of mainstream design research, with its emphasis on methods rather than processes, data gathering rather than physical exploration. This missed opportunity should be redressed, so that rigorous investigation can underpin the informal ad hoc research already conducted by practitioners.
Martin Woolley, invited respondent for DRS2016