Design Research is concerned with building and applying knowledge about design to the benefit all stake holders, including consumers. Computer applications can be used to encapsulate design knowledge into new design tools. This encapsulated knowledge changes who can be a designer. Computing allows geometric modelling to be linked to previously unavailable abstractions of design, specifically performance simulations. Trade-offs and consequences of design decisions that were previously masked from the consumer are now made explicit. Computing can encourage the democratisation of design by supporting consumers to participate as design decision makers. Have these opportunities been harnessed or the benefits properly researched?
Robert Aish, invited respondent for DRS2016