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Design Education Archetype

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Presentation given at the UCDA 2015 - Design Education Summit.


In todays design education the perceptions of design seem to be functionally efficient and experientially adequate in terms of organizing the process towards a pre-determined outcome. The design education should be transformative in terms of both perceptions of the problem and definition in search of reasonable and sustainable solutions rather than structurally efficient to a given problem. This kind of design education demands for a better emphasis on planning, preparing and disseminating design education as a holistic entity through applied knowledge and skills with the intellectual aspects of science, technology, engineering and math along with social and anthropological entities. This particular methodology requires openness between various disciplines with an innovative academic approach that is capable of self-accessing. As part of multidisciplinary approach ergonomics has been introduced in the current course curricula in both Mechanical Engineering and Graphic Design. The ergonomics module has been introduced in Vibration and Preventive Maintenance in Mechanical Engineering as well as Signage System, Exhibition Design and Packaging in Graphic Design. The primary focus of the curricula is to integrate the functionality of ergonomics and design in consideration of human safety factors. This project is a Collaborative Model of teaching and learning between Mechanical Engineering and Graphic Design that helps students not only to understand the importance of ergonomics as a subject, but also share the finer details of design and engineering from various perspectives. This project helps students to collaborate and work in a group and learn from each other. The real world problems are based not only on business insights, but also from the practical challenges that we face in a day-to-day basis. In the present situation, it is important to imply design thinking across departments by using existing departmental structures, but also reorganizing them in new collaborative structures for design education.


UCDA 2015 - Design Education Summit


Brookings, SD

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