The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community worldwide. DRS was founded in 1966, and since then has established a record of significant achievements in contributing to design knowledge.
DRS facilitates an international design research network in around 40 countries comprising members who maintain contact through the publications and activities of the Society. Members are drawn from diverse backgrounds, not only from the traditional areas of design, ranging from expressive arts to engineering, but also from subjects like psychology and computer science.
DRS is a member of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR). The purpose of the Association is to encourage collaboration on an international level between independent societies of design research. The Association, with its focus on research, stands alongside other international organisations concerned with design practice and education.