The experimenter


  • chooses the experiment
  • observes, determines the outcomes
  • carries out the actions
  • is influenced by social factors and accepts them
  • continues until the system begins to perform as desired/ required
  • determines when enough is done
  • redesigns the experiment if it doesn’t work
  • forms the outcome
  • assembles different observation in a coherent whole
  • may tie the outcome into theory
  • may rerun the experiment with a new arrangement of variables to check repeatability



Ranulph Glanville, Researching Design and Designing Research. In Design Issues Vol. 15, No. 2, Design Research (Summer, 1999), pp. 80-91

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