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Exploring Impact Through Seating Design

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Kathryn BURNS, David ROWE and Prof. Richard SNELL


For a number of years publicly funded research and other activities in the UK

have been expected to consider their impact as part of the bidding process as

well as during its implementation. More recently, the UK Research Excellence

Framework (REF2014, 2012) required case studies demonstrating the impact

of research on its external environment. Although often considered as less

academic subjects, design and design management lend themselves to

generating impact very well. The outcome of such research should be a

product or process that is then used by a target group to improve the user

experience or provide other benefits, which can be deemed as impact.

This paper uses the case study of a series of chair designs and associated

research as the basis for an exploration of the various interpretations of

impact in relation to the design process and its management. A framework

for predicting and measuring impact for use in future work is proposed.


PUBLISHED: Proceedings from the The 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, 2014


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