On 24th March I successfully defended my PhD Thesis entitled:
A Critical Artefact Methodology:
Using Provocative Conceptual Designs to Foster Human-Centred Innovation
The examiners were Prof. Clive Richards, Assistant Dean for Research in Art and Design at Coventry University, and Dr. Paul Atkinson, Reader in Design at Sheffield Hallam University. The examiners complimented the thesis and awarded a PhD subject to minor modifications. This work was supported by an award from the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Doctoral Scheme.
My Director of Studies, Prof. Chris Rust, said:
“The magic part of Simon’s work is that it allows a proper place for the designer as a ‘processor’ of people’s ideas and experiences – not doing analysis as a market researcher would, but allowing engagement with stakeholders to feed directly into new cycles of creative thinking.”
I am currently making the necessary amends to my thesis which I then intend to make available online as soon as possible.