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Product Design by Paul Rodgers, Alex Milton

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Product design research

In recent years, there has been an increasingly lively debate about research methods in design practice. Design research is a relatively young discipline and does not possess a well-established knowledge base when compared to the sciences, humanities and other more recognized scholarly disciplines. Thus, a lot of design research has tended to draw on existing methods, techniques, and approaches from the physical and the social sciences. This connection with science has troubled many design researchers in recent years. While a scientific research is more analytic, therefore, recent developments in design research are more constructive, and seek to find new answers and knowledge in a constant drive to improvement.

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