What is it like to see a bat?

Keywords: design process, design research, aesthetics


The article outlines the main strands of design research into means-based and end-based inquiry. It examines problems with design research on the appearances of objects which are qualitative and psychological. A tentative outline is made about the core of design and how designers approach aesthetic judgements during design. The distinction between intuitive design and process-based design is made before exploring a question posed by Hillier (1998) concerning design´s relation to processes and form. Finally, a case is made for an art-criticism approach to design research.  


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Author Biography

Richard William Herriott, Design School Kolding
Department of Industrial Design, Assistant Professor


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How to Cite
Herriott, R. (2017) “What is it like to see a bat?”, Swedish Design Research Journal, 15(1), pp. 13-21. doi: 10.3384/svid.2000-964X.17113.
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