How We (Sometimes Do Not) Evaluate Design Support: A Review of How Design Support Is Evaluated in Practice

Camilla Arndt Hansen, Ali Gürcan Özkil

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Design support can benefit practitioners, but it must be evaluated to increase the likelihood of adoption in industry. This study investigated how design support was evaluated in the papers presented at NordDesign 2018. The results indicate a skewed balance between research that understands design and research that supports it, as 65% of papers had a major focus on design support and 42% of papers introduced new support. Results also indicate a lack of evaluation and rigour in evaluation as only 44% of new support was evaluated and only half of these evaluated with intended users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign 2020
EditorsN. H. Mortensen, C. T. Hansen, M. Deininger
Number of pages12
VolumeDS 101
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254088
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventNordDesign 2020 - DTU-Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 12 Aug 202014 Aug 2020


ConferenceNordDesign 2020
LocationDTU-Technical University of Denmark
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  • Design research
  • Design methods
  • Design support
  • Evaluation
  • Meta-research


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