Documenting the Research Through Design Process

Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, Peter Dalsgaard, Shad Gros, Kim Halskov

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Documentation of Research through Design (RtD) processes is essential for capturing and translating design knowledge into broader academic knowledge. Moreover, it can support both design and research objectives internally in RtD projects, as well as external concerns such as project management, knowledge dissemination, and education. In spite of this, RtD documentation has received little sustained attention in prior work. Building on what prior work there is as well as an in-depth analysis of two markedly different cases, we present a framework for planning and evaluating RtD documentation. The framework addresses three core concerns: the medium of documentation, the performativity of documentation, and providing equal support for both research and design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems : Fuse
Number of pages12
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4031-1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340311
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2016 - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 4 Jun 20168 Jul 2016


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2016
LocationQueensland University of Technology
Internet address


  • Design process
  • Documentation
  • Research through Design


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