Design has become subject to serious academic inquiry, and today, many design schools offer research-based teachingby designers holding a Ph.D. This is a major achievement, and some self-indulgence in looking back seems justified. But we can’t afford any smugness about the theoretical underpinnings of design. For what can we offer that merits comparison with, say, the deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, and the huge body of clinical theory that supports the work of medical doctors, for the benefit of their patients? How much design theory actually improves designing, for the benefit of our clients and society at large?
Per Galle, invited respondent for DRS2016