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Design research or user research is research undertaken specifically to support the development of products, services, and systems that meet human needs. The primary goal of design research is to generate value for the end user, that is, to meet a specific need.

Design Research Articles

Hablamos Juntos Universal Health Care Symbols

"We Speak Together"

A groundbreaking research effort produces universal symbols for health-care settings—and underscores the value of evidence-based design.

Patients, family members, and other visitors entering the doors of a hospital or other health-care facility face a daunting environment. Between them and their final destination, they will encounter a series of obstacles: multiple elevator banks, long and often identical-looking corridors, complex routes to distant departments or buildings, and often, ineffective wayfinding signage.

National Park Service 3D Maps

Thoughts and Opinions

Infinite Scale's Office in Salt Lake City
The Design of your Business Part 2

How to get involved earlier in projects.

About two years ago we published a thought piece on the design of your business - viewing it as just another design problem and applying the thinking that you apply to client projects to the design of your business.

Part two considers some proven approaches to growing your business from other design disciplines

SEGD Talks - Design Research videos

Dana Arnett and Bill Rosen - Rethinking Design
Sam Stubblefield - Shaping Public Space
Sam Stubblefield - Shaping Public Space

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SEGD Design Research Courses

The ideal way to learn from your desk. These courses consist of webinar and workshop materials delivered by SEGD.
$50 for individual courses and $200 for the course packs (best value) for members. Click for content details.

Research and Design
Advances in Healthcare Identity and Wayfinding