Danish design research helps set the agenda on the international research scene by developing theories and methods for use in design practice and thus contributing to making design a research-based practice field.
Danish design research involves both basic research, applied research and experimental development/practice-based research, as these terms are defined by the OECD.
Whatever the approach to design research, the projects include explicit thesis control, documentation of methods and experiments, written reports, and verifiability.
By its very nature, design research is interdisciplinary. In relation to research methodology and theory, it draws on a wide range of disciplines stemming from architecture, design, engineering, the humanities, and social sciences.
The Danish design research environment is engaged in network collaboration with the private sector through specific research projects and through consortiums in industries such as fashion, furniture, and textile. The knowledge and innovative dynamics of the research environment provides private enterprises with a valuable platform for developing and producing design solutions that pursue commercial objectives while also serving the public good.