STRATEGIC DESIGN THINKING

Design thinking is enabling me to review my existing design thinking processes or intuitive methods, that I have developed or used for the last 30 years, working as a designer and design lecturer for interior design.

It has been invigorating to discover that there are so many different views on the design process, design methods and fact-finding and developmental activity, within the MDes and Ethnology students.

Each week we have to produce our own design thinking and views onto pre-determined work sheets, which are uploaded as pdf files onto the e-vision system at dundee uni.  This activity allows access to everyones’ views on strategic design thinking.

Over the last 2 weeks, we have had to create 2 different versions of our interpretations of the DESIGN PROCESS in both 2D but also in a 3D model. It was amazing to see such a fantastic variety of visual information in the  form of drawings and diagrams but also how each student developed their design process ideas as physical models. This was really inspiring to see how this  group of design and ethnology students really thought about the design thinking towards the design process.

My model was really created directly from my 2D diagram, and it was created by using colour photocopies of each element, which was mounted onto basic card, cut into circular rings and then applied onto a simple card cross jointed frame.  Each main stage ring was constructed on a different height level and was identified by different colours. The different level were then linked together by using typed up wording phrases, which identified the feedback and evaluation that should exist between the client and the designer, with direct reference to the project and the design brief.

The photographs will hopefully show the description more clearly than I have explained in my post.

design rings
2D DIAGRAM OF THE DESIGN PROCESS AS I ENVISAGE IT
3D design process model
3D MODEL of the DESIGN PROCESS
view of 3D design process model
PERSPECTIVE VIEW of the 3D MODEL
FINISHED 3D DESIGN PROCESS with ACTIVITY LABELLING

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