The questions of what constitutes design knowledge and the causal importance of the structures and processes of design knowledge production are central to design-led innovation. My research aims to explain the dynamic formation of design knowledge. This problem is central to design because design knowledge becomes embodied into components and defines the product architecture, without which there would be n components rather than a single design.
The basis of my research program is the view that all successful designs, as with all successful innovations, must satisfy at least four broad factors:
1. Human factors
2. Technological factors
3. Economic factors
4. Government factors
In this short talk, I will discuss these factors and the research projects I have completed, ongoing, or in planning stage for each of them.