What We Talk About When We Talk About Design. Toward a Taxonomy of Design Competencies

  • Øivind Røise The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Institute of Design
  • Håkan Edeholt The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Institute of Design
  • Andrew Morrison The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Institute of Design
  • Cato Alexsander Bjørkli University of Oslo, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology
  • Thomas Hoff University of Oslo, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology
Keywords: design competence, taxonomy, innovation, industrial design

Abstract

What is it that designers talk about as mattering in their professional competencies? In this article, we empirically investigated industrial designers’ own assumptions on their design practice in relation to innovation. In applying a method potentially suitable for design research, interview statements from design professionals (n=17) were categorised according to 12 pre-selected categories of potential design core competencies. Of a total of 2,267 statements, 1,990 were classified as related to design competence. A qualitative classification of the statements revealed that 1,259 (63.3%) of these could be classified under the pre-set categories. The results showed that out of the 12 categories, ‘creativity’, ‘particular design methods and techniques’ and ‘user’ were emphasised. From the remaining statements, two additional categories were revealed: ‘teamwork’ and ‘project management’. These results can be used to reveal design professionals’ self-understanding of their contributions to innovation processes.

Published
2014-08-14
How to Cite
Røise, Øivind, Edeholt, H., Morrison, A., Bjørkli, C., & Hoff, T. (2014). What We Talk About When We Talk About Design. Toward a Taxonomy of Design Competencies. FormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education, 7(2). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.788
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