This unit introduces approaches towards research informed design practice and thinking.
The topics covered in the unit will include:
Design Research - intelligence gathering, secondary research, textual research, visual research, primary research, analysis of others work, case studies.
Communication Theory - process model, semiotics, meaning, audience, vernacular, visual language
Design Thinking - divergent thinking, ideation, brainstorming, convergent thinking, mind mapping.
Design Process - prototyping, experimentation, problem solving, testing, iterative practice, reflective practitioner.
Introduction to blogging as a tool for reflective practice.
A series of lectures, workshops and debating design sessions will enable group discussion and sharing of approaches. Using concurrent units and PDP as their focus, the students detail the impact the topics discussed have on their own design methodologies in a structured reflective blog that forms the assessed artefact.