Design history in a nutshell

animation, design, learning, media This video is one of a series of six that I've been involved with as author in a project with the Open University to create a series of six two-minute videos for free access on the Open Learn website. The videos take a light-hearted approach to explain some of the key movements in design history: Gothic Revival, Arts & Crafts, The Bauhaus, Modernism, American Industrial Design, and Post-Modernism. There's also an overarching narrative that quietly demonstrates that until recent times designers and design thinkers were absolutely central to shaping and influending societal attitudes, economies, cultural values, morals and models of consumption.Perhaps the time has come for designers once again to speak up and act as influential forces for change! To round things off, there's also a short quiz (6…
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Think Critical

animation, critical & creative thinking
So often, the hard part about teaching - and indeed, learning - is to get a basic understanding of the subject under scrutiny. Once an underlying foundation of understanding is established then the processes of consolidation and expansion of knowledge and understanding can happen. The ability to explain complex issues with simplicity is often a surprisingly difficult task. Bridge8, an Australian 'foresight agency' were tasked with explaining the underlying principles of logical argument and critical thinking. It's intended audience were children aged 8 - 10, but it's also great for grown-ups too! As an example of clear, effective and engaging creative thought in its own right, these short video clips are glittering diamonds; Critical thinking animations Click for more information on Bridge8
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