About the Design Observatory
The design observatory is a core instrument for conducting
research in the field of design theory and methodology.
This field was established in 1986 by the National Science
Foundation primarily to improve our understanding of the
engineering design process. At Stanford, we have focused on
in-situ observation of designers with a particular emphasis
on video and audio based recordings. Video and audio based
observations have the following advantages:
They allow us to create a permanent record of the activity
which can be replayed and reinterpreted.
They produce process data in the sense that we can observe
the evolution of an idea or a situation.
They produce access to behaviors and interactions that could
have been missed by a limited number of observers.
They allow us to reduce observer bias and better corroborate
Despite these advantages, video and audio based observations suffer
from one major disadvantage namely that the data analysis is tedious
and time consuming.
What makes up the Design Observatory
Coming soon - specifications