Mapping interdisciplinary design research as flow around a medidisciplinary sea

Authored by: Graham Pullin

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415706070
eBook ISBN: 9781315758466
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636250


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Any research, including design research, might be thought of in terms of exploration – a journey into the unknown, or not-yet-known. Making maps that represent processes is always an interesting exercise in visualisation. There are many precedents, including Charles Eames’s iconic diagram of the design process (Neuhart, Neuhart and Eames 1989: 13). In Table-Top Geography (see Figure 5.1), illustrator Helen Murgatroyd plots out the preparation of food dishes, making intriguing maps of everyday activities. Murgatroyd was herself inspired by the work of Alfred Wainwright and Mark Lombardi, mapping landscapes and networks respectively.

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