Research through Design for Values (2017-2018)

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Project Description

Research through Design (RtD) is a unique program, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), that aims to clarify distinctions and characteristics of design research in relation to the more established fields of science. This additional DDFV seed project aim to collect and safeguard insights on research on values which are likely not captured in current RtD projects.

Project background

The researchers in this project are part of the Research through Design (RtD) program, a unique program funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) that aims to show innovative approaches to design-based research and a capacity for reflection on the methods and tactics involved to learn for the future. Within the broader context of scientific research, the NWO RtD program aims at clarifying distinctions and characteristics of design research in relation to the more established fields of science.

All RtD projects are expected to add a reflective element via an artifact; in addition to exploring new technological possibilities they focus on creating and transforming social meaning, public and cultural values, and aesthetics. The artifacts that are studied and developed during design research generate explicit and tacit knowledge. They aim to make public and cultural values explicit.

Next to scientific relevance, the program demonstrates societal relevance. Design research explores values in a social and cultural setting via artifacts. Moreover, it communicates in a manner appropriate to the design fields, such as exhibitions, movies, and magazines.

About the project

The focus of the RtD program is on the gained knowledge situated within language, drawings, artefacts, processes, and models crucial to the scientific status of the design field, though the gained knowledge promises to offer new insights to the research on values as well. With this DDFV seed project we aim to safeguard these insights on research on values, which are likely not captured in the current projects.

Through these activities, we also aim to get more synergy among the Delft-based RtD projects and increase their visibility, awareness, and outreach as Design for Values activities. First of all, findings are showcased on the DDfV website, and are designed for (re)use at conferences and exhibits. They may also be included in the program / exhibit at the Research through Design 2019 conference, hosted in Rotterdam by Giaccardi, Stappers, Mulder and others (3TU-Design United).

Project activities

  • Research on values in the context of the RtD projects (M1-M12)
  • Collecting insights from 7 RtD projects (M1-M10)
  • Organize co-creative workshops to analyze and reflect on the findings (M5-M12)
  • Develop website and artifacts to showcase the research on values (M3-M12)


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Related news / blogs

Research through Design for Values – An Exploration of Seven Projects

How are values taken into account in projects that carry out research through industrial and architectural design? A seed project of the Delft Design for Values Institute (DDfV) is currently exploring this question. Preliminary results were presented at the DDFV Playground Meeting of 17 May 2018. In this blog post a short report on those results – and a call to participate in a follow-up workshop.

August 20th, 2018|Categories: DDfV Blogs|Tags: , |


  • Elisa Giaccardi
    Elisa Giaccardi
    Professor of Interactive Media Design
  • Pieter-Jan Stappers
    Pieter-Jan Stappers
    Professor of Design Techniques
  • Kaspar Jansen
    Kaspar Jansen
    Professor of Emerging Materials
  • Elvin Karana
    Elvin Karana
    Associate Professor of Emerging Materials & Design Engineering
  • Clarine van Oel
    Clarine van Oel
    Assistant professor at Architecture
  • Ingrid Mulder
    Ingrid Mulder
    Associate Professor of Design Techniques
  • Martin Tenpierik
    Martin Tenpierik
    Associate professor of Building Physics