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Closing the circle 

Douglas Tomkin 

University of Technology Sydney

Keywords: history: public sector; theory, design thinking


his paper describes a personal journey beginning at the Department of Design Research (DDR), Royal College of Art in 1967 under the leadership of Bruce Archer and culminating in the newly formed Design Innovation Research Centre (DIRC) at the University of Technology Sydney under the guidance of Kees Dorst in 2015. The paper compares the processes and outcomes of the two centres in shaping design research with a particular focus on design in the public sector. The paper concludes with some reflections on the influence the different approaches have had on the way designers design. 

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Cite this paper: Tomkin, D. (2016). Closing the circle. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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