What is it about?

One of the focal points within applied design research is the dissemination of research into practice. Professor of Societal Impact Design Wina Smeenk (Hogeschool Inholland), Professor of Human Experience & Media Design Koen van Turnhout and senior researcher Marieke Zielhuis (both HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht) investigated how this process unfolded during the development of Wina's Co-Design Canvas. The article describes the cross-pollination between research, professional design practice, and non-professional design practice (citizens, government, etc.), within a case study. Process steps are examined from four theoretical perspectives to highlight a number of major insights.

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Why is it important?

Overall, this work highlights the value of knowledge products not only being developed as tools for use within practice but also as products that can inspire new knowledge production within that practice. This provides not only advice on designing knowledge products for practice but also insights into bridging the gap between research and practice

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This page is a summary of: Bridging the research-practice gap: understanding the knowledge exchange between design research and social design practices, Journal of Engineering Design, March 2024, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/09544828.2024.2322170.
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