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We are designers doing research. We use design process within research process. We ask research questions, and answer them using design.We use design to respond to societal issues and challenges. We are designers going into new territories, such as sustainability, healthcare and placemaking. We address new audiences for design, such as healthcare and the third sector.
The Centre for Research Through Design has broad four thematic areas, across which our researchers move freely:
Designing for the body to support care, rehabilitation and positive life experience.
Designing to promote inclusivity and social sustainability, and providing for those with specific needs.
Designing as site-specific practice relating directly to its audiences.
Designing to explore identity, and the material expression and transformation of meaning.
Professor Daniel Charny worked closely with the Design Museum over a number of years to create the themes and overall narrative structure of Designer Maker User.
Charny was appointed content and interpretation consultant and developed the curatorial concept and the thematic strategy for the permanent Collection Display. The exhibition was curated by Alex Newson, senior curator at The Design Museum and the exhibition design is by Myerscough Studios.