Opening doors: Broadening designers' skill set

Bohemia, Erik and Ghassan, Aysar (2011) Opening doors: Broadening designers' skill set. In: International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) 4th World Conference on Design Research, 31 October- 4 November 2011, University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

Literature suggests that exposing future designers to knowledge from other disciplines is beneficial. We refer to these as ‘non-traditional’ skills. One such area is the social sciences; in this paper we will be focusing on this area. First we outline the reasons why design students should be exposed to discourse from the social sciences. We refer to these as ‘non-traditional’ design skills.
We then describe an international project which illustrates how students were able to practice such skills alongside more ‘traditional’ design skills.
We conclude by stating that although the project demonstrated the possibility of enabling future designers to practice both ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ (wider) skills at module level is a good start, we believe that such ‘wider skills’ should be strategically incorporated at programme level in order to scaffold them through the programme.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: widening design curriculum, design education, social sciences
Subjects: W200 Design studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Northumbria Design
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Depositing User: Aysar Ghassan
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 15:01
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 21:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12070

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