Interests and Ideas
Acquiring a PhD is a rich and truly life-changing experience. It offers personal and intellectual growth by joining a research field and developing an expertise in a topic. Nonetheless, the fruits of insight come at a price: confusion, irritation and the feeling of “walking in the dark” which are familiar to many PhD students. The best preparation for this tough but worthwhile path of life is personal motivation. If your PhD topic arises from your very own interests and ideas, then chances are that working towards a PhD in your research field will be just what you will enjoy. Doing a PhD means being responsible for meeting deadlines, seeing your supervisors regularly, and putting effort and love into your research endeavors. Your growth will be painful, but if you are finding a purpose in your vision, you will be able to keep going.
Experience of Design Project
A doctoral research project can (but does not necessarily have to) refer to experiences you already had from different projects, as a design practitioner. Knowledge in research, practice and design methods or alike in other fields may also influence your way of ident ifying and approaching your research/design problem. Understanding and managing experiential/tacit knowledge in research and professional practice in design or related disciplines is fundamental to identify and clarify principles and practices in terms of research methodology. Furthermore, different experiences and approaches from different fields and disciplines will inform the design research discourse: A discourse not only concerns methods and methodology in research and in professional practice; but also the role and use of ‘designerly’ practice (both as process and outcome).
— Field of interest and experience
Aspects and Elements of Content
— Description and/or discussion of practical experience
— Link to (preliminary) research goals and research questions
— Related works, cases, approaches, theories, methodologies...
— Know, analyze and discuss your experiences from design practice