The figure of Design Research sits in the therapist’s chair and is asked why it has failed? The figure replies: “when I was young everything seemed so bold and clear and obvious, but now...” (the figure falls into abstraction)
What happened? the therapist prompts. The figure replies: “well, I was unfaithful, I met some other figures along the way and began to get a bit side- tracked. I lost my bold sense of purpose and instead learned a few tricks that I kept repeating...” (The figure is once again lost in thought.)
Ah, I see, the therapist says. Suddenly the figure says: “the truth is that I’m now nearly 50 and I feel like I’m having a mid-life crisis. I drink too much, talk too much, and I’ve lost the memory of what I set out to achieve”.
I think you are depressed, the therapist says, life is maybe not as bad as you think it is. The figure of design research looks squarely at the therapist “You think so?”
Your life is full of success, the therapist says, but success can sometimes seem like failure to you research figures. You just need to think a bit differently and you’ll see that the world is coming around to your opinion. Stick with it and you will be fine. But I’d get some smarter clothes if I were you.
Peter Lloyd, invited respondent for DRS2016