Bibliographical noteAuthor's note: This is the only study to have identify emerging trends in design research through an analysis of contributions to the biennial conference series organized by the worlds oldest international design research society (founded in 1967).
The paper was subject to peer review in a reputable international Journal. Its Impact Factor is 2.109. The ISI Journal Citation Reports ranked the Journal in 2011 as 3/43 (Engineering Industrial); 28/113 (Business); and 39/168 (Management).
The first design research conference was held in 1962 and it has since developed significantly as a field of inquiry from the origins of design methods and the development of creativity techniques in the 1950s, and the beginnings of computer programs for problem solving in the 1960s.
The DRS biennial conference series provides a window to view the subjects development and to anticipate emerging trends in design theory and practice.
An earlier iteration of this paper was presented at the strategic policy forum for the AHRC and NESTA policy seminar on ‘Enabling innovation: creative investments in Arts and Humanities Research’ co-ordinated.
The findings were presented to senior policymakers during a series of Impact Workshops held in Cambridge during 2009. These sessions helped shape a wider debate concerning the cultures and discourses in relation to innovation within the arts and humanities. This paper and a subsequent article (Roworth-Stokes, 2012) were also requested by the Design Council as part of their Value through Design Scoping Study which informed the joint AHRC and Design Council ‘New research focus on service design’ report.