Research-Informed Design Thinking.

This unit introduces approaches towards research informed design practice and thinking.
Topics include - Design Research, Communication Theory, Design Thinking, and Design Processes.

Task Four

Overview

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.

Here are two mind maps I have created to help decide on the content for my folded booklet. The first mind map I created was very general including lots of diffrent things which link to portsmouth, i then decided to do a more focused mind map. In the second one i focused on four diffrent areas such as shopping, arcitecture, methods of transport and attractions. I have focused on these four as they are the main aspects within portsmouth which interest me. From doing this I can see I have the most knowledge about the attractions within portsmouth so this would be a good area to base my work on.

Here I am experimenting with different ways to fold my booklet. I have chosen the booklet which has a slit down the middle which allows a smooth transition between pages. I also like this design as you are always unfolding two joining pages at a time, so i can do 6 seperate pages or 3 linking joining pages. This will allow me to experiment with different ideas.

I took theese images on the third floor of the Spinnaker Tower, I thaught theese images were really interesting as you are overlooking the whole of Gunwharf. Almost like a realistic version of my map I created for my booklet.

Here are a few image I took whilst walking around Gunwharf, here I am focusing on bars and resturants. I find it really interesting how some buildings have been created to look old fashioned were as some are very modern designs (pub is an old brick buildings, Resturants are white with linear lines)

I have taken this image of the Life Buoy which is along the marina. This image should be usefull as there are many interesting sections within it such as the knotted rope and the way it dangles down, this image could look really abstract and interesting once it has been edited. I may also be able to use this in my booklet.

I have taken this image of the Life Buoy which is along the marina. This image should be usefull as there are many interesting sections within it such as the knotted rope and the way it dangles down, this image could look really abstract and interesting once it has been edited. I may also be able to use this in my booklet.

Images of boats. I took theese Two images alongside the marina were as one of them was taken from up in the Spinnaker tower. This shows the naval heritage to the town along with the tourist version of Gunwharf.

Images I took looking down over Portsmouth/Gunwharf from the Spinnaker tower.

Here i am trying to capture images of the Spinnaker tower from different angles, allowing a more interesting and abstract view. Theese images could look really good once they have been edited, as I could attempt to focus in on one area just showing a small section of the tower and seeing if it is still recognisable or not.

This is the coin which I got pressed whilst visiting the Spinnaker Tower, Although the coin is new there is a very old feel to it, maybe as most historic places you visit have coin pressing facilitys.

This is the coin which I got pressed whilst visiting the Spinnaker Tower, Although the coin is new there is a very old feel to it, maybe as most historic places you visit have coin pressing facilitys.