Research is central to the culture of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Along with Practice and Pedagogy, it forms the foundation of the work we do.

Current is a multi platform design journal that showcases creative, practice-based and applied research. It functions as a site for design researchers, design academics, students, professional designers, entrepreneurs, and the business community to reflect on contemporary design thinking—products and processes. Through a variety of forms and formats—interviews, case-studies, critical essays, reviews and photo documentation, we challenge researchers to represent their processes as iterative cycles of research and to skillfully navigate information-led and practice-led methodologies. Current is continually evolving exposition on the people and processes involved in design research. It is a platform for the cross-disciplinary, cross-sector professional communities of people with educational and professional interests in the currency of design thinking.

Practice-based research funded by faculty and graduate students is found in all Faculties, often funded by academic granting councils and arts councils. Applied research is conducted with the support of industry collaborators, and other partners in the community; some current examples are describe in this issue. Our research centres, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and industry partners provide a focus for areas of specific strength:

Social and Interactive Media (SIM Centre)

Stereoscopic 3D Centre (S3D Centre)

Health Design Lab


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