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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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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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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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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