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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research studies:

- The effects of making techniques on the processes and outcomes of design practice. I'm particularly interested in how techniques structure decision making throughout a process. The main theme I explore is the contrast between those techniques that promote accuracy to a predetermined form and those that promote step-by-step adaptation in response to an emergent form. I aim to better understand and promote the latter, in the hope that these can lead to a more beautiful material culture.

- The history, philosophy and practice of woodwork. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Making Things Up: Workshop Practice as a Place of Design, Luscombe, P. Jun 2018
  • Rulers and Dividers: A Technology of Design, Luscombe, P. Apr 2018, In: Design Issues
  • What's A Mallet For: A Woodworker's Critique of The Workmanship of Risk, Luscombe, P. Mar 2017, Research Through Design Conference 2017

Qualifications

  • Design Studies PhD August 31 2018
  • 3D Design BA June 30 2008

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