Design research Archive

Night…that mystic

Science, poetry, painting and other forms of art have always been inspired by that mysterious darkness with the countless stars that night brings in its folds. In a certain way, that is quite expected

Ethics before Creativity

“Justice is the basis of urbanisation” is the letteral translation of one of the famous lines of “Al-Muqaddimah”; “Introduction”, the great book of Ibn Khaldun, the well-known ancient Arab philosopher, sociologist, and historian. However,

The Boring City 

Doctors have always told us to move more, go for a walk, and keep doing it as a daily habit. We, the city people try to manage to do this, but once we’ve decided

“The Beautiful Woman has Come”

It is not a strange scene to see all the visitors standing in amazement around the fascinating limestone sculpture of the queen which testifies for her beauty as much as her Egyptian birth name

Some Research Conclusions… with Playmobil!

My research is investigating ways to reduce carbon emissions from heritage buildings while retaining their heritage values, I have mostly completed my data collection and am now in the process of analysing it all.

Ensuring effective user input in design

Stephen Potter and Lisa Bowers Here are a couple of perspectives on how we can engender effective user input in design – one being the experience of doing this as part of three major

What underpins creative and successful innovations?

I am currently writing a book covering a well-trodden path – creativity and innovation – with design as an essential link between these two activities. These are topics that have interested me since joining

Discovering the Smallest Particle of Design and how that Pleases Santa

A bit of a festive post to end the year on how the smallest atom of design is and Santa are related. But first: What is the smallest possible particle of design process? At

Reducing carbon from older buildings: the need for holistic heritage approaches or… hot water bottles, curtains and lifecycle carbon

My research is investigating ways to reduce carbon emissions from residential heritage buildings while retaining their heritage values. It is generally acknowledged that many more buildings can be considered heritage buildings than merely those

Art History and Design in Dialogue: Abutments and Confluences

Design at the Open University has always bridged knowledge systems and approaches from the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. The Design Group connects to other schools within STEM but also to other faculties