We all know that at the grass roots is where the innovation in design often happens. Small agile firms, independent designers and ad hoc collectives are the breeding ground for ingenuity. But if you ever wonder what the academics think of all this and you are not sure of the validity of Wikipedia, check out The International Journal of Design
“The International Journal of Design is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing research papers in all fields of design, including industrial design, visual communication design, interface design, animation and game design, architectural design, urban design, and other design related fields. It aims to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and findings from researchers across different cultures and encourages research on the impact of cultural factors on design theory and practice. It also seeks to promote the transfer of knowledge between professionals in academia and industry by emphasizing research in which results are of interest or applicable to design practices.”
Most other peer reviewed journals require a subscription, or are available on a pay per article status. So make the most of the opportunity of open information. Another option is Google Scholar, but again many of the links to research texts require an ‘account’
The current volume includes: Three-in-One User Study for Focused Collaboration, The Product Ecology: Understanding Social Product Use and Supporting Design Culture and The Nature of Design Practice and Implications for Interaction Design Research
Maybe not the most glamorous aspect of design culture but worth consideration. Also if anyone needs any links to research add a comment and I will see what I have on hand.
Geek out !