Research via Practice

With each project, there is an opportunity to learn more about one's trade. The scale of the opportunity may vary from project to project, but there usually exist some sort of valuable takeaway. Even more so, if your process tends to be an idea driven one.

Some key requirements for a research based practice are...
A long term client relationship or area of research, outliving the life of a single project.
Open and honest client feedback loop. Bonus points when working with a client with an analytical approach to problem solving. Direct feedback is key.
An idea driven practice with a conceptually driven design process.
Time. Time for a project to evolve from its intended usage to its actual usage. Time to iron out the kinks. Time for observation. Time for reflection.