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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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 - http://eyeclopsnightvision.com/ guardian.co.uk - http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/22/1303469654294/Law-student-studying-007.jpg…
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Even less intuitive

creative thinking
In a previous post I opined, more or less, that in design specialisms such as interface design, for example, any quest for some sort of universally intuitive solution is unequivocally doomed to failure. The reason for this, I argued, is that before any user of interface-driven devices  can get to grips with them they must, of necessity, call upon techniques, schemas and processes that they've learned, acquired or become familiar with in past engagements with similar - or even not so similar - devices. In short, users call upon experience and familiarity when faced with new interface challenges; intuition - "the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason [1]"  - has no part to play in the process at all. Should past experience be of no use…
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Intuitive? Perhaps not

creative thinking
In the worlds of ergonomics and user experience design it seems that one of the most desirable of all outcomes - the golden ideal - is to conjure up a solution that, while it may be novel in concept to new users, is nevertheless rapidly and painlessly understood and absorbed by novitiates when encountered for the first time. This is especially true in areas where there is a strong commercial or life-threatening imperative. Such ideal solutions are not uncommonly described as 'intuitive'. But are they intuitive? Really? Indeed, is it ever even possible to design any truly intuitive interface at all? (Incidentally, shouldn't that be 'intuitable'?) The OED defines intuition as, "the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason". In plain terms, intuition means that people…
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