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!”

Recipe: Quick social studio

This recipe comes from The Open University course U101: Design Thinking, where, right at the start of the course, we want students to engage with the material in an active way that will encourage them to continue. At the same time, the activity has to: introduce students to distance learning; introduce them to the subjectContinue reading “Recipe: Quick social studio”

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: Prepare Your Mind Studio

In the book A Technique for Producing Ideas (2003), James Webb Young states that a critical stage in the design process is simply preparing your mind and that designers in particular are interested in all things; inquisitive, questioning, explorative. The idea behind preparation is that designers make use of certain types of cognition to createContinue reading “Recipe: Prepare Your Mind Studio”

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”

Virtual Design Studios

The design studio is a signature pedagogy in art and design education (Crowther 2013; Shulman 2005). It provides a physical, social and cultural place within which students can simulate real world practice without the associated risks and with expert practitioner and pedagogical support in the form of the studio tutor (Schön 1987; Kimbell 2011). Therefore,Continue reading “Virtual Design Studios”

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”

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”