Towards Actionable Forms of Communicating and Sharing Design Knowledge

J. Rutkowska, Froukje Sleeswijk Visser, D. Lamas

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Design research aims to construct knowledge that is useful for designers and non-designers in the processes of designing for various types of challenges: from making products to solving complex
social problems. Designers and non-designers seek information and inspiration for their work both in a non-design world, e.g., in films, illustrated magazines, and in various sources and forms of
design research. Conference papers are one of many sources of design research insights. Unfortunately, the textual format of conference papers does not allow to convey the richness of
design research insights and express them in forms that are actionable and available to others, e.g., non-designers. As a result, members of design teams might feel disempowered or do not trust
and accept provided design research outputs. Therefore, they do not act upon the provided design research insights and find it challenging to apply them in collaboration.
In this paper, we present the actionable palette that consists of nine qualities that act as building blocks of actionable forms of sharing and communicating design knowledge. Using the actionable
palette to review design research outputs from 51 pictorials, we identified six forms of capturing design research insights. We characterize these six forms and analyze them in terms of
actionability to inspire designers and non-designers to experiment with forms of sharing design research insights and first design ideas based on design research insights. Finally, we provide a
set of guidelines to inspire and inform the process of reaching the particular qualities of actionability for design research outputs
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEKSIG International Conference of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge 2019
EditorsKristi Kuusk, Nithikul Nimkulrat , Julia Valle Noronha, Camilla Groth, Oscar Tomico
Place of PublicationEstonia
PublisherEstonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-9949-594-82-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEKSIG 2019 Knowing Together - experimental knowledge and collaboration: International Conference of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experimental Knowledge - Tallin, Estonia
Duration: 23 Sep 201924 Sep 2019


ConferenceEKSIG 2019 Knowing Together - experimental knowledge and collaboration


  • Actionable Design Knowledge
  • Design Research Outputs
  • Design Research Insights
  • Pictorials

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