Is the the Ultimate Measure of Success for Design Research to Disappear Completely? We say, ‘maybe’.

Earlier in 2022 we published The Ultimate Measure of Success for Speculative Design is to Disappear Completely.

The paper argues that in 10, 15, or 20 years time, if Design Research is successful, then, it will in fact begin to disappear, blend into the background, and won’t need special projects such as ours to promote it any more. It’s mainly an essay or rhetorical piece, but it’s been really useful to frame a lot of our activities.

After the work was published the journal ran a ‘Meet the Authors’ session where we all gave a short introduction to our work. Obviously it misses quite a lot of nuance of the 10,000 word version, but if you just want the overview, it’s a good start!

This line of reasoning also became the basis for the comedy set I performed earlier this year in an attempt to make Design Reseach funny, you can watch that here:

Written by

Dr Joseph Lindley

Joe leads Design Research Works and is a Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. He is passionate about the value of Design Research, in particular in applying that value to the challenges associated with emerging technologies, rapid societal change, and living sustainably. Probably best described as a 'generalist' his research practice usually involves material engagements with possible futures.