Current issues in design policies: balancing tensions

Monteiro, Rui, Giesteira, Bruno, Boddington, Anne and Farinha, Cristina (2020) Current issues in design policies: balancing tensions. In: 7th Meeting of Research in Music, Arts and Design, EIMAD 2020; 14-15 May 2020, Castelo Branco, Portugal (held online).


Deriving from the scholarly debate surrounding design policies in the past 25 years, this paper proposes a novel triangulation of fundamental issues which remain unsolved, by highlighting them and analyzing how they relate to each other. The issues under analysis are innovation policies, the role of design in research, development and innovation and the multiplicity of design definitions. These are intrinsically linked with Design policies, but their interconnections are not well established or visible, leading to conflicting perspectives and tensions. Ultimately, this approach provides new insights on the rationale and construction of Design policies, towards prospective interpretations for their role and aspirations.

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