Dr. Rosan Chow

I am a senior research scientist specializing in design theory and methodology. I hold a BA in Art and Design and a Masters in Communication Design from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a PhD in Designwissenschaft from the University of Arts Braunschweig in Germany. In my research, I investigate the fundamentals of design. Based on this knowledge, I develop methods and tools aiming at advancing design practice and education. I have been developing an approach ‘case transfer’ and a method ‘rip+mix’ for dealing with highly undetermined design situations. Besides, with Prof. W. Jonas, I have also developed a design process tool called MAPS. Furthermore, I also contribute regularly to the discourse on design research, particularly research through design.

Publications

Potentiale der Designwissenschaft

Chow, R. (2010). “Potentiale der Designwissenschaft.” Pp. 32-36 in Positionen zur Designwissenschaft edited by F. Romero-Tejedor and W. Jonas. Kassel: Kassel University Press.


Case Transfer: A Design Approach by Artefacts and Projection

Chow, R. and W. Jonas. 2010. “Case Transfer: A Design Approach by Artefacts and Projection.” Design Issues 26:9-19.


Design Research in University-Industry Collaborative Innovation

Joost, Gesche and Chow, Rosan (2010): Design Research in University-Industry Collaborative Innovation: Some Experiences and Perspectives, in: Applied Technology- and Innovation Management.


Far Beyond Dualism in Methodology: An Integrative Design Research Medium ‘MAPS’

Jonas, W., R. Chow, K. Bredies, and K. Vent. 2010. “Far Beyond Dualism in Methodology: An Integrative Design Research Medium ‘MAPS’.” in 2010 DRS International Conference ‘Design & Complexity’, edited by P. Lalande. Montreal: University of Montreal.


Questions, Hypotheses & Conjectures: Discussions on Projects by Early Stage and Senior Design Researchers

Chow, R., Jonas, W., Joost, G. (2010). “Questions, Hypotheses & Conjectures: Discussions on Projects by Early Stage and Senior Design Researchers.” iUniverse.


What Should be done with the Different Versions of Research Through Design

Chow, R. (2010). “What Should be done with the Different Versions of Research Through Design.” in Entwerfen. Wissen. Produzieren. Designforschung im Anwendungskontext, edited by C. Mareis, G. Joost, and K. Kimpel. Bielefeld: Eine Publikation der DGTF. Transcript Verlag.


Addressing Use as Design: A Comparison of Constructivist Design Approaches

Bredies, Katharina, Chow, Rosan, and Joost, Gesche. 2010. Addressing Use as Design: A Comparison of Constructivist Design Approaches. In The Design Journal, 13 (2). 157-180.


Designer och användare – jämförande konstruktivistiska designnärmanden

Katharina Bredies, Rosan Chow, Gesche Joost (2009) Designer och användare – jämförande konstruktivistiska designnärmanden. In Design Research Journal.


The role of interface in virtual gender presentations

Buchmüller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan (2009): The role of interface in virtual gender presentations, Online Proceedings of the 5th European Symposium on Gender & ICT, Digital Cultures: Participation, Empowerment, Diversity, Bremen/ Germany, 5th to 7th March 2009


Fallman meets Jonas: Compare and Contrast two models of Design Research

Chow, R. (2009b, 15-17 April, 2009). Fallman meets Jonas: Compare and Contrast two models of Design Research. Paper presented at the Communicating by Design, Brussels.


Abduction Revisit

Chow, R. (2009a, 15-17 April, 2009). Abduction Revisit. Paper presented at the Communicating by Design, Brussels.


Designers and Users Comparing Constructivist Design Approaches

Joost, Gesche, Bredies, Katharina and Chow Rosan (2009): Designers and Users Comparing Constructivist Design Approaches, Proceedings of the 8th Inter-national Conference of the European Academy of Design}, April


Service Design Descriptors: A Step toward Rigorous Discourse

Jonas, W., Chow, R., & Schaeffer, N. (2009, 1 -4 April 2009). Service Design Descriptors: A Step toward Rigorous Discourse. Paper presented at the 8th European Academy of Design Conference, Aberdeen Robert Gorden University.


Peircean Abdcution, Signs & Design Transfer

Chow, R., Jonas, W., & Schaeffer, N. (2009, 1-4 April, 2009). Peircean Abdcution, Signs & Design Transfer. Paper presented at the 8th European Academy of Design Conference, Aberdeen Robert Gordon University.


Design Research in University-Industry Collaborative Innovation: Some Experiences and Perspectives

Joost, Gesche and Chow Rosan. Design Research in University-Industry Collaborative Innovation: Some Experiences and Perspectives, in: Applied Technology- and Innovation Management., 2009


Beyond Dualisms in Methodology. An Integrative Design Research Medium “MAPS” and some Reflections

Chow, R., & Jonas, W. (2008, 16-19 July, 2008). Beyond Dualisms in Methodology. An Integrative Design Research Medium “MAPS” and some Reflections Paper presented at the DRS 2008 Conference ‘Undisciplined’, Shefield, UK.


The impact of digital images on virtual gender images

Buchmüller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan (2008): The impact of digital images on virtual gender images, Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Conference, Oulu/ Finland, 24th to 30th June 2008, P.72 – 78; ISBN: 978-591-42-8838-


Best or Worst of the Two Worlds? Experiences in Long-Term University-Industry

Chow, Rosan, & Joost, Gesche (2008, 30-31 May 2008). Best or Worst of the Two Worlds? Experiences in Long-Term University-Industry, Proceedings of the Swiss Design Network Symposium ‘Focused’, Bern.


Case Transfer Vs. Case Study. An Evaluation of Case Study as a Method for Design Research

Chow, R. (2008, 30 – 31, May 2008). Case Transfer Vs. Case Study. An Evaluation of Case Study as a Method for Design Research. Paper presented at the Swiss Design Network Symposium ‘Focused’. , Bern.


Designing Personalized Intelligent User Interfaces

Bredies, Katharina, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan: Designing Personalized Intelligent User Interfaces, in Proceedings of IASDR 07 Conference, Hong Kong, November 2007


Body Extensions and Representations within Disembodied Virtual Spaces

Buchmüller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan (2007): Body Extensions and Representations within Disembodied Virtual Spaces’, IASDR 07 Conference, Hong Kong 12-15 November 2007


The Many Arts of Designing Research

Chow, R., & Ruecker, S. (2006). The Many Arts of Designing Research. Paper presented at the DIS 2006 Workshop ‘Exploring Design As a Research Activity’, Penn State University.


Transferability. The Wonder on the Ground of Design Research

Chow, R., & Ruecker, S. (2006). Transferability. The Wonder on the Ground of Design Research. Paper presented at the DRS International Conference “Wonderground”, Lisbon: IADE


Evolution, Epigenesis and Recycling in Design Theorizing

Chow, R. (2005). Evolution, Epigenesis and Recycling in Design Theorizing. Paper presented at the The 6th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, EAD06.


Kindness. A Purpose of Design

Chow, R. (2003). Kindness. A Purpose of Design. Paper presented at the 5th European Academy of Design Conference : Techné, Design Wisdom, Barcelona.


Reflection and Inaction

Chow, R., Ruecker, S., & Radzikowska, M. (2003). Reflection and Inaction. Paper presented at the The Good, the Bad, and the Irrelevant. The User and the Future of Information and Communication Technologies Helsinki.