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Design Research

Workshop Design Research at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), August 22nd– 26th, 2022

Key data

ECTS points
Next start
August 22nd, 2022
1 Week
Final application date
May 25, 2022
Teaching language
CHF 900.– (view fees)
Study mode


The development of visual messages for digital and analogue communication channels is based on design processes. In this process, solution variants emerge that can be compared and evaluated to arrive at a definitive solution. In practice, design processes lead to a solution proposed for a singular task, which can be derived and also verbally argued about.
But how can this ability to create variants be used for the purpose of research so that an insight emerges that may be applied and described beyond the solution for a merely singular task? How can we research something with a design and, thus, contribute to the critical discourse on the impact of visual messages and the applications of digital media?
In the course of this one-week workshop, participants will learn about a design-based approach to research. They will learn how to formulate a research question and how to develop answers to a question through the very process of design.
This workshop is intended for people from the practical field of design who want to learn more about design research and its interfaces with other fields of knowledge (image studies, media studies, anthropology, and psychology). The workshop is moreover intended for people interested in a reflected approach to practice or who want to learn about methods of design research in order to become active in this field of research.

Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Through digital media and the democratisation of communication channels that goes hand in hand with it, the critical handling of their visual and interaction-based design has become decisively more important, because the social relevance of information and communication has thus fundamentally changed.


Dreispitz Basel / Münchenstein

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein b. Basel