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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

Swarm Intelligence: Designing with 1000 Eyes
Swarm Intelligence: Designing with 1000 Eyes

Read Time: 3 minutes
​​​​​​​Observing and learning from nature is not a new concept within the design community. In the modern era, Frank Lloyd Wright famously developed his theory of organic architecture by studying nature. But beyond form and pattern, how can designers today look at natural phenomena to better inform their designs and be more responsive to human behavior? SEGD member firm BrandCulture (Sydney, Australia) is meeting this challenge by applying theories of “swarm intelligence” to their designs to create better wayfinding and navigation systems.

Exhibitions and Objects of Wellness—Part 3
Exhibitions and Objects of Wellness—Part 3
Exhibitions and Objects of Wellness, Part 2
Exhibitions and Objects of Wellness—Part 2

Thoughts and Opinions

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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

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

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SEGD Design Research Podcasts

The ideal way to learn from your desk. These courses consist of podcast recordings of webinar and workshop materials delivered by the top professionals in EGD in the SEGD community.
$10 for individual Podcasts and $30 for the Podcast collections (best value) for members. Click for content details.