The DART project began in 2005, arising from concerns to improve research student training and resources specific to design. A number of UK universities have been active partners in the project.

The original aim of the project was to establish online resources, and to provide regular training workshops, for doctoral students. It was recognised that, in a new field of integrative research such as design, it is helpful for students to have resources appropriate for their needs, and to be able to mix with peers and exchange views. The website increasingly provides recommended self-study resources. Annual workshops and training conferences have provided a mix of professional advice together with peer networking opportunities within a supportive atmosphere.

After several years of successful operation with university partners, the project was revised extensively in 2013 to have an international focus on early career researchers, and a new website was planned with scope for future development. was launched in 2014.


The principal aims of the DART project are to:

  • provide online resources appropriate to early career researchers in design
  • develop training workshops and related materials, including innovative online courses for international learners
  • facilitate researchers networking

Who is it for?

A wide range of early career researchers will benefit from this resource including:

  • postgraduate research students (masters and PhD)
  • academic staff beginning research themselves, or wanting suitable materials for teaching research
  • professional designers seeking evidence-based approaches to their design practice

What is available?

The website consists of resources suitable for self study. These are recommendations by both academic staff and students of resources they have found useful in teaching and learning.

The resources include: book lists; journal papers; reports; video presentations; links to other relevant resources; news of workshops and conferences etc. Where possible, attention is drawn to specific pages or sections rather than whole texts, and there are many PDF papers available for download. Some materials arising from the training workshops are archived.


The project is hosted by the School of Art and Design, Coventry University UK and coordinated by Prof. David Durling.


ahrclogoThe DART project had startup funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK.