Toward a Unified Model of Design Knowledge

Katja Thoring, Roland M. Mueller, Pieter Desmet, Petra Badke-Schaub

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The theoretical understanding of design knowledge is a crucial concern for research in the design discipline. This article extends the rich existing research on design knowledge by providing a unifying model of design knowledge. The insights are derived from a rigorous review of existing literature. The resulting model presents an original framework of design knowledge that can help practitioners, scholars, and educators from the design discipline to better understand the characteristics of design knowledge and the possibilities for transferring it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-32
Number of pages16
JournalDesign Issues
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Design Knowledge
  •  Design Education
  •  Design Science
  •  Knowledge Management
  •  Knowledge Transfer


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