Concluding Panel

In this final debate of the 2014 Design Research Society conference we'll ask four participants to reflect upon the state of design research as a whole and to offer provocations for the future of design research. What will we be, what should we be, and what shouldn't we be doing in design research in the coming years? Drawing upon their own experience of the 2014 DRS conference, each participant will give us a reflection back of what she or he perceived to be the most penetrating, promising, and provocative ideas that they picked up during the event.

Bruce Nussbaum
Bruce Nussbaum is the author of Creative Intelligence (Harper Collins, March 2013), based on new research as well as decades of writing and lecturing about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurialism. Nussbaum is a Professor of Innovation and Design at Parsons New School of Design and the former assistant managing editor of BusinessWeek where he founded the Innovation and Design channel, IN: Inside Innovation, a quarterly innovation magazine, The Most Innovative Companies annual survey with BCG, and The S&P/Bloomberg BusinessWeek Innovation Index. He blogs about innovation and creativity for Fast Company.

Lin-Lin Chen
Lin-Lin Chen is professor in the department of industrial and commercial design at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) and chair of design and realization of intelligent systems at the faculty of industrial design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. She received B.S. degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She was dean of the college of design at NTUST from 2004 to 2010, president of the Chinese Institute of Design from 2007 to 2008, and convener for the arts (and design) area committee of Taiwan's National Science Council from 2009 to 2011. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Design (SCI, SSCI, AHCI), vice president of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), and fellow of the Design Research Society. Her research focuses on product aesthetics, design innovation, interactive interface design, and geometric algorithms.

Tara Mullaney
Tara Mullaney is a PhD candidate in Industrial Design at the Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden. Employing a research-through-design approach within her research, Mullaney investigates cancer patient experiences of radiotherapy treatment within Sweden, and the role that design construction can play in understanding and critiquing existing social, technological, and institutional boundaries within healthcare.

Peter Lloyd
Peter Lloyd is Professor of Design at the University of Brighton, and formerly Professor of Design Studies at The Open University. He is the current Membership Secretary for the Design Research Society and Associate Editor for the Journal Design Studies. He teaches in the areas of design methods, design thinking, and design ethics and his research looks at all aspects of the design process. He blogs at