Diseña # 14


Submission deadline: September, 30 2018

Since the event that marked the launch of design methodology as a field of research, the Conference on Design Methods held in London in 1962 (Cross, 1993), designers have not ceased reflecting on the nature of design methods. Nowadays, the complexity of the problems faced by designers makes it essential to continue this reflection, but not only to recognize or systematize the characteristics of the methods used by designers, as initially proposed by the scholars of the sixties (see Bayazit, 2004 ), but also to amplify the available methodological repertoire, to expand the scope of the discipline and, not least, to question those methods that cost so much effort to systematize in the past.

In recent years, the methodological exchange between design and the social sciences and the humanities has acquired great dynamism. A distinctive feature of this process is that while designers take the methodological tools of history, sociology, the arts, semiotics, anthropology and economics - to name a few of the sciences that offer methodological frameworks and perspectives to design historians (see Bernatene, 2015) -, social scientists study certain design methodologies with interest, as is the case with Design Thinking and some participatory methods such as co-creation, which extend beyond the traditional design boundaries (Lloyd, 2017).

In this edition we expect to contribute to the methodological discussion through the publication of works in which the method becomes relevant. Works that explore methods for composing research problems, for gathering information, for co-creation, for developing participatory processes, for transferring research findings to the industry, for getting to know the user, for speculation, for evaluation and analysis, among others, are welcome.

The call is twofold: on the one hand, we invite design researchers to present contributions that account for the use of new methodological repertoires or for the creative use of traditional methods. On the other hand, we call researchers from other disciplines (especially anthropologists, sociologists and historians) interested in the various design methods to present contributions that account for the results of their explorations.

If interested, please submit your manuscript in www.revistadisena.uc.cl by September 30, 2018. Revisions and modifications after the peer-review process need to occur during the first days of November 2018, as the issue will come out in January 2019.

The length of the manuscripts will be from 3,500 to 4,000 words. The authors can include figures and images.

Authors must also provide an abstract (140 max words) and five key words, as well as a short 150-words bio. Citations and list of references must follow APA style.

Please, see detailed instruction for authors here.



BAYAZIT, N. (2004). Investigating Design: A Review of Forty Years of Design Research. Design Issues, 20(1), 16-29. Doi: 10.1162/074793604772933739

BERNATENE, M. del R. (2015). Perspectivas historiográficas aplicadas a la historia del diseño industrial. In M. Bernatene (Ed.), La historia del diseño industrial reconsiderada (pp. 158-167). Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (EDULP). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10915/47968

CROSS, N. (1993). A History of Design Methodology. In M. J. de Vries, N. Cross, & D. P. Grant (Eds.), Design Methodology and Relationships with Science (pp. 15-27). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. Available in www.springer.com/la/book/9780792321910

LLOYD, P. (2017). From Design Methods to Future-Focused Thinking: 50 years of design research. Design Studies, 48, A1-A8. Doi: 10.1016/j.destud.2016.12.004