Research

gain new perspectives

 

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Albert Einstein

To make a difference and grow, we need to constantly research and gain new perspectives, knowledge & insights. The Institute has been at the forefront of design thinking and education in Ireland for over 40 years and our design alumni have contributed greatly to Irish economy & society. In 2009, designCORE was established to provide a critical bridge between emergent design research and intervention to impact & benefit industry. DesignCORE is now located at the newly opened Dargan Research Centre on the campus of the Institute of Technology Carlow, from where our dedicated academic & design support team work with academic, commercial & agency partners.

  • Research Interests
  • Capabilities
  • Types of Research

Research Interests

At designCORE, we collaborate across the natural & social sciences to further applied design research knowledge transfer at regional, national & EU levels.

Our focus is human-centred design research. We engage rigorous research methods with expertise & academic theory & design-thinking to gain deep insight into real world contexts. We engage in academic enquiry to extend design research in the area of theory and applied practice and disseminate knowledge acquired to make a tangible impact in early stage design for industry, seek through design-thinking to inform intervention for social benefit and support decision & policy making.

Capabilities

Our researchers work within the strands of Policy, Society and Industry.
We offer Level 9 Masters by Research qualifications and welcome enquiries from interested researchers.

Types of Research

Our researchers work within the strands of Policy, Society and Industry.
We offer Level 9 Masters by Research qualifications and welcome enquiries from interested researchers.

Policy

Design thinking for Policy and legislation development:
• Sustainable Strategy for Medical Devices.
• User Centred Methodologies in Education Policy.

Society

Using Design to address and intervene within societal challenges:
• Design for Older People.
• Community-based Design Solutions to Climate Change

Industry

Creating innovative artefacts and improving innovation processes:
• Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing
• Emotionally Durable Design.
• Culture Driven User Behaviour