Research poster

creative thinking, creativity, drawing, technology
Copy of Research Posters on Prezi This is an update of a Prezi was produced for students at Coventry University on the MSc Industrial Design and MSc Transport Design Courses. The students were required to produce an A1 sized poster that described their research project, its methodologies, outcomes and how it would be used to feed into their major design project. The presentation itself may be of use to others who are required to create information rich documents and features advice on the creation of inforgraphics and poster layouts as well as links to external sites that are both supportive and critical of infographics.  
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Alien objects

creative thinking, creativity, critical & creative thinking, design, learning
LOLA: Alien Object Analysis on Prezi   A critical & creative thinking activity Essentially, a version of a traditional design object analysis activity, this is a creative exercise that introduces students to the idea that all objects can convey meanings; meanings which can be clear, obscure, shifting, ephemeral, long-lasting, trivial, profound, widely understood, narrowly received, lost - and more. The activity can be run with any number of variations, but the one presented here is set against some dystopian future in which all the inhabitants of planet Earth have abandoned it, leaving behind only their manufactured artifacts. At some time subsequent, an alien civilisation finds abandoned world and sends down a landing party to explore. The biggest puzzle they face is trying to make sense of the objects they find…
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Design = research

creative thinking, critical & creative thinking
The role of research is vital in any meaningful design effort. Design students can be either confused or indifferent to the demands of and requirements for research. Even for those who recognise the value of research the problem often comes at the point when it becomes necessary to make sense of all the information that's been gathered. This short Prezi provides a simple overview of how data can be used and interpreted. It includes invented data for illustrative purposes as well as genuine examples of data interpretation as well as a YouTube clip from students who've undergone a research process. The overriding lesson is that research should justify, substantiate and inform the design process.
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Critical v creative

creative thinking, design
This Prezi is serves as a brief introduction to the differences between critical and creative thinking and was created as part of the course material for tutorial sessions delivered to Industrial Design students at Coventry University. Some of the notes are based on an article by Robert Harris, An Introduction to Creative Thinking, 1998. I've been unable to attribute most of the images as I no longer have those details, so in the event that the an originator takes offense at their use in this educational contact, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will withdraw any offending image at once. I am, of course, delighted to acknowledge the originators should anyone be able to identify themselves as such. Acknowledgements: EyeClops Night Vision Goggles - -…
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Creative timewarp

art, creative thinking, creativity, painting
Creativity is intoxicating stuff. Anxious to keep my painting momentum going, I thought I'd have a go at a quick sketch, just to keep things moving. For this picture I painted with the surface horizontal as I looked upwards into the mirror. The diffuse tungsten lighting was largely from behind and a bit to the sides and it cast a tangibly warm hue. Well, a 'quick sketch' turned into an non-stop eight hour session that ended at four o'clock in the morning! Time just evaporated and when I finally put my brushes down I had it in my mind that it was about midnight. No other creative activity that I do seems to induce this timewarping quality quite so much as painting does. Weird and delightful at the same time.…
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Not learning in style

art, creative thinking, learning
OU students who are or once were enrolled on the U101: Design & Creative Thinking in the 21st Century will no doubt recall the TMA11 assignment, which despite the odd numerical  sequencing, is actually the first TMA that U101 students encounter on the module. For those  who aren't familiar with it, the nature of the assignment is to get students to undertake a series of non-threatening creative activities,such as finding as many uses for a paper bag within five minutes, or, using a series of circles printed on a poster, to draw 'roles' that exemplify aspects of their lives. Additionally,  students are asked to make  comment and pronouncements about their learning styles as determined by the undertaking of an online learning style survey, the results of which lead to the…
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