The term ‘design research’ has first appeared in Turkey around late 60s and 70s with the scientification of design disciplines such as architecture. Later in the 80s, the term started to spread to other design disciplines e.g. urban design, interior design. And in the mid 90s, the term ‘industrial design research’ entered into the Turkish design academia with major national conferences. Since then, the field has made great progress in Turkey, thanks to many national design educators, researchers and professionals.