Noor Adila Mohd Rajili

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Practices and Knowledge Creation in Jewellery Design
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On November 7th at 10.15-12.00 am I will defend my licentiate dissertation:

"An Initial study of jewellery design practice: How designers make sense of their work”


The seminar will be held in room DC: 467, Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre, IKDC,

Sölvegatan 26, Lund.


Principal supervisor:    Anders Warell, Industrial Design, Lund University  


Assistant supervisors:  Elin Olander,  Industrial Design, Lund University  

                                              André Liem, Institutt for Produktdesign/Department of Product Design, NTNU


Reviewer:  Arild Berg, Oslo University College, Norway                                       


Examiner: Elisabeth Dalholm Hornyánszky, Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology, Lund University


Please contact me at adila [dot] mohd_rajili [at] design [dot] lth [dot] se, if you are interested in reading the thesis.



Jewellery design practice develops through the designer’s work in designing and making jewellery. It is essential to develop an understanding of the foundational principles of the practices, as this contributes to increasing the current understanding of jewellery designing and making. Based on the perceived lack of research in the field, jewellery design is less understood in comparison to established design areas such as industrial design and product design. Although previous research in the jewellery design domain is available, it is limited to methods, tools of working, materials, processes, and jewellery artefacts.

This thesis focuses on how jewellery designers make sense of their work. The research investigates the practices and knowledge creation of jewellery designers and the characteristics of jewellery design by exploring how jewellery designers talk about their work and understand their practice.

A literature review and two empirical studies were conducted to examine and explore the field of jewellery practice. A literature review was done to understand the nature of jewellery practice in relation to how designers’ reason about their activity and how they create knowledge they need in the design process. A semi-structured qualitative research interview was the starting point of the investigation. This type of interview was carried out to study the profession of jewellery practitioners, with the aim of understanding what they have to say about their work. A design lab session was then conducted, aimed at understanding how non-jewellery designers approach a jewellery design task. The design lab session provided a path to gaining a basic understanding of the semi-structured qualitative research interview.

The findings indicate that jewellery design practice is defined by the relationship between three main factors: the concept of jewellery, the type of jewellery, and the type of jewellery practitioners. The variety of approaches for conducting design work also affects the process of designing and making jewellery, such as intuitive and experimental approaches to design.  Two other findings related to the practices are the factors influencing ways of working and ways of establishing knowledge. These factors have led to establishing a basic understanding of designers’ ways of working with jewellery.

The research results are an initial contribution to understanding how jewellery designers make sense of their practices. The research proposes perspectives that challenges of the current understanding of jewellery design and making. The thesis provides a background for the need to carry out more in-depth study of how jewellery designers characterise their practice and how they create and use the knowledge for their practice. The work provides new insights into previously unexplored aspects of the professional practice of jewellery designers. Understanding the methods, processes and reasoning will support the work of design practitioners and educators and contribute to building a foundation for future education and research in the field of jewellery design.


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