Case studies are a great research tool for me to take advantage of in my work as I would like to look into the experience of the individual as they are interacting with spaces and artwork in a variety of different venues. As the article Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin and Bruce Hanington describes, case studies draw valuable information from the user or users at an event in context.
My current methods of research include roaming online through articles, blogs, social media and news for the materials and design process of the topic, the makers/practitioners, the theory, the places to find the design etc. and go from there.
My favorite method is when I get luck seeking local practitioners of the particular area of design and reaching out through my network to try to interview them or and experience the design first hand on exhibition or better yet, while its in process as well.
In our Design Theory course, UCD Design MFA Graduate Petrice Elhert presented us with some guidance for research and organization during our thesis work. She mentioned useful brainstorming software such as XMind - a brain mapping graphics program (similar to concept mapping as mentioned in the aformentioned article) and Evernote - an organization and archival program. She also reminded us of the assets we know have as design researches which include the Arts Librarian on campus Dan Goldstein, mentorship, and strategic search tools in scholar search engines. I look forward to employing these tools into my research process as soon as possible.