The Guide to Creating Distance Design Courses is finally here!

As noted in this post, it’s been a bit quiet because time’s gone into producing the new guide for Creating Distance Design Courses, which is now available here: https://distancedesigneducation.com/creating-distance-design-courses/ It took a bit longer than expected (it started out as a blog post but ended up being a 20k word monster!), so there’s a fewContinue reading “The Guide to Creating Distance Design Courses is finally here!”

From denial to acceptance: a turning point for design studio in architecture education

James Benedict Brown At the time of writing, in early May 2020, most architecture educators have passed through all five stages of the Kübler-Ross model of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance (Kübler-Ross, 1969). We spent the first two months of the year in a politically-sanctioned period of denial. When it became apparent that theContinue reading “From denial to acceptance: a turning point for design studio in architecture education”

Recipe: Nordic Rebels micromodules for engaging learning

Nordic Rebels is an award-winning* Finnish-Danish movement established in 2018 aiming at goosebumpifying learning. We rely on some of the famed Nordic values and strengths: openness and trust, storytelling and cuisine, design, and pedagogical competencies.  We have created publicly available design videos focusing on multidisciplinary teamwork, design processes, and skills for the future. Whilst shootingContinue reading “Recipe: Nordic Rebels micromodules for engaging learning”

Recipe: The live online desk crit

Architecture and design programs across the globe are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by rapidly moving learning and teaching online. Although there’s ample precedent for online theoretical learning, fewer examples of virtual and remote studios exist, specifically related to the online desk crit. The live online crits described here are conducted via webinar / webContinue reading “Recipe: The live online desk crit”

Recipe: The Blackboard studio model

This recipe was inspired by a discussion with Steve Rigley (@s_rigley) and a studio model he and colleague Jo Petty used to maintain at the Glasgow School of Art. Central to the general studio in graphic design was The Blackboard. A real blackboard, by the way. With chalk. The Blackboard became the central organising technologyContinue reading “Recipe: The Blackboard studio model”

Recipe: Studio model: The Chunky studio

This recipe follows on from the first #DistanceDesignEd discussion, where we spent a bit of time talking about chunks of learning. A chunk is an informal term for a piece of learning and teaching that is easily packaged to make it: easy to understand as a whole; relatively quick to complete; with a clear outcomeContinue reading “Recipe: Studio model: The Chunky studio”

Recipe: Make crisis your curriculum

If you’re a design educator who is/has been a practitioner, how many times did you have a perfect submission deadline? One you completed well in advance with no last minute panics? No last minute plotter ink running out? Hard drive packing up with that 1.1GB PS file? Never? Feel free to post in the commentsContinue reading “Recipe: Make crisis your curriculum”

Recipe: Co-designing with others during isolation

Many tasks design students have to do afford the interaction with others. If design students need to isolate at home, they might not know how to continue to engage in user research, creative sessions, co-design or design/user evaluation. There are several alternatives you can suggest to your students that allow them to continue to engageContinue reading “Recipe: Co-designing with others during isolation”

Recipe: Online Whiteboard Tutorial

Finding appropriate online meeting spaces for design students can be tricky. Design is not a 1-many, purely didactic, or content-driven subject. What happens in a tutorial is emergent, constructionist learning – it very much depends on what is presented and the tuition session, therefore, has to respond to this. In a studio, we often doContinue reading “Recipe: Online Whiteboard Tutorial”

Some academic work on Distance Design Education

There isn’t much research into distance design education and what does exist tends to be informal and/or case study based. This is slowly changing as both design and education research has matured and developed over the past few decades. The excerpts in this post are draft versions of work in progress exploring Virtual Design StudiosContinue reading “Some academic work on Distance Design Education”