In the course From Idea to Design I was introduced to the different phases of a design process. I applied this knowledge in Project 1 and 2. In the course Design <> Research, I was introduced to the different ways in which one can conduct a research. This can be research for design and research through design. I applied this knowledge in Project 3.

During my Final Bachelor Project, I went through a design process, with elements of research for design. I started in the ideation phase. Because I did not know what exactly cerebral palsy was, I had to do research to find out. I read several papers about the condition, I spoke with an occupational therapist and a child-rehabilitation doctor and I visited several therapy sessions of children. When I started to think of ideas for feedback, I again had to do research in what the children would feel, hear or see. After I found everything I needed in could continue my design process. During my conceptualization process I did a small user test. After that, I had confirmation that my concept could work, so I could continue to create a working prototype. When I got my prototype working, I did a user test to see if the prototype worked and communicated the concept well.

During my design process I had several meetings with Adelante, especially in the beginning. In those meetings I validated my ideas and concepts. When I look back at my design process, I think I can safely say that I used a Reflective, Transformative Design process [1].

I think this is a really important aspect of the competency framework to have skills in. In my opinion, every design project needs research. I think there are no design projects which you don’t have to do more research into the subject or other matters. As a designer, I think knowing how to do research is a valuable skill.

[1] Hummels, C. and Frens, J. (2009). The reflective transformative design process. CHI 2009, April 4 – 9, 2009, Boston, MA, USA, pp. 2655-2658.