Category: Design education

  • Working with Design students and tutors to understand how mental health can have a major impact on students’ studies and their wellbeing.

    Working with Design students and tutors to understand how mental health can have a major impact on students’ studies and their wellbeing.

      clipartmag.com   “OfS head Nicola Dandridge said more must be done to look after students. This year’s annual National Student Survey, run by the OfS, found only 42% felt enough was done to help them.” Student watchdog concerned about mental health help – BBC News 16/07/2021   As educators of distance design students, how […]

  • Rethinking household chores, and game design about farming industry among student projects presented at OU Annual Design Show.

    Rethinking household chores, and game design about farming industry among student projects presented at OU Annual Design Show.

    A low-tech solution where kids exercise and tumble wash their clothes, a grocery trolley designed according to Inclusive Design principles, and an app that relies on true body size, not labels to curate your online shopping experience were among the projects presented at the Annual OU Design Show. This year, over 50 projects across the […]

  • Co-designing inclusive design education

    Co-designing inclusive design education

    How can we shape an inclusive design education that is responsive to the diversity of students’ needs, interests and professional and personal context? This was a question we started exploring yesterday in an online workshop with students from our current Design and Innovation qualification. We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear […]

  • Attitudes and Behaviours

    Attitudes and Behaviours

    We’re on design as a set of Cognitive Superpowers (again). This time looking at two properties we take for granted and don’t seem to include in learning outcomes: Attitudes and Behaviours. I’m going to argue that these are as important as developing Skills or Cognitive Abilities. In particular, that they are necessary aspects of being […]

  • Ensuring effective user input in design

    Stephen Potter and Lisa Bowers Here are a couple of perspectives on how we can engender effective user input in design – one being the experience of doing this as part of three major research projects, and the other in terms of design teaching. Firstly, the research examples. A good many years ago Steve Potter […]

  • Shifting the design curriculum

    Shifting the design curriculum

      First, a note on the accompanying pictures of constructions by two distinguished woman artists, Mary Martin and Gillian Wise. Sadly Gillian succumbed to C19 in April this year. Mary Martin belonged to the previous generation. Gillian’s public artwork at the Barbican, on the staircase down to the cinema, may be familiar from OU London […]

  • Why is design education white?

    Why is design education white?

    UK Black History Month is drawing to an end and this year, in particular, with all of the events that led to Black Lives Matter protests I have, once again, found myself reflecting on the ethnocentric nature of design teaching. The teaching of design in western culture is based on a narrative of design which […]

  • A rose by any other name…

    A rose by any other name…

    If the prevailing brand culture is a reliable indicator, then society at large is seemingly obsessed with names. Products, including electronics, fashion, food, etc., are bought because of the name slapped on them, often without much more thought. And, it often seems that political discourse and public debate suffers from a similar affliction, where complex […]

  • OU Design Summer School 2020 – Week 2 (and mostly 3 if I’m honest…)

    OU Design Summer School 2020 – Week 2 (and mostly 3 if I’m honest…)

    OK, so in the best traditions of being an OU student: life got in the way of what I wanted to do; I realised that what I wanted to do was probably a bit, and I failed to meet my own deadlines… But part of being an OU student is that with these difficulties come […]

  • OU Design Summer School 2020 – Week 1

    OU Design Summer School 2020 – Week 1

    A few of us are working on an OU Design Summer School this year and we already have a great bunch of students working on this. It’s a bit of an experiment in terms of trying to get a community of learning going with a whole range of individual learning goals. I’ll blog separately about […]