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Welcome to the Design Research Methods Repository

What is this page and how should you use it?

This website has been created to form a repository of lab based experimental methods used for engineering design research at the IdMRC University of Bath.

Each method is provided in a bare bones format with further information and discussion available in the relevant publications referenced on each page.

The intention of this repository is to allow researchers to quickly see a detailed breakdown of the methods used in the IdMRC and promote improved understanding and communication between this group, collaborators and other researchers. These methods can be used to:

  • Clarify our working practices and experimental context.
  • Help researchers to develop their own methods by providing examples or basis from which to work.
  • Promote replication and standardisation of experimental methods throughout the design research community.

All the methods and experiments outlined on this site are available for replication. We strongly invite any interested party to reproduce or reuse these methods and feed back about their use.


26 October 2010 : Two new methods are up: Experiment 1 looks at adding stimuli to design teams during the ideation phase while Placebo control looks at how a placebo control group can be developed for design research experiments.

23 September 2010 : This is a very new wiki and as such there are currently only a few publications or methods available. This will be continually expanded as work goes on and papers are accepted for publication etc.

Contact us

The main editor for this wiki is Philip Cash, a PhD student at the IdMRC University of Bath. If you have any questions or comments please contact Philip via:

Specific method pages may be updated or added by other researchers, if you wish to contact the researcher responsible for the method that interests you please contact Philip and he will forward your message on.


The work reported in this website has been undertaken as part of the EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Bath (grant reference GR/R67507/0) and has been supported by a number of industrial companies. The authors gratefully acknowledge this support and express their thanks for the advice and support of all concerned.