Exploring impact through seating design: Academic Design Management Conference

Kathryn Burns

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    For a number of years publicly funded research and other activities in the UK have been expected to consider their impact as part of the bidding process as well as during its implementation. More recently, the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, 2012) required case studies demonstrating the impact of research on its external environment. Although often considered as less academic subjects, design and design management lend themselves to generating impact very well. The outcome of such research should be a product or process that is then used by a target group to improve the user experience or provide other benefits, which can be deemed as impact. This paper uses the case study of a series of chair designs and associated research as the basis for an exploration of the various interpretations of impact in relation to the design process and its management. A framework for predicting and measuring impact for use in future work is proposed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 2 Sept 2014


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