Developing a drawing culture: New directions in engineering education

de Vere, I, Melles, G and Kapoor, A 2011, 'Developing a drawing culture: New directions in engineering education', in Steve Culley, Ben Hicks, Tim McAloone, Thomas Howard & Bill Ion (ed.) Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 8: Design Education, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 15-19 2011, pp. 226-235.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Developing a drawing culture: New directions in engineering education
Author(s) de Vere, I
Melles, G
Kapoor, A
Year 2011
Conference name ICED 11, København: The 18th International Conference on Engineering Design
Conference location Copenhagen, Denmark
Conference dates August 15-19 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 8: Design Education
Editor(s) Steve Culley, Ben Hicks, Tim McAloone, Thomas Howard & Bill Ion
Publisher Design Society
Place of publication Copenhagen, Denmark
Start page 226
End page 235
Total pages 10
Abstract Sketching is integral to the design process, as it allows reflection in action, enables ambiguity and abstraction, encourages the unexpected, externalises mental imagery, and provokes creativity though analogical reasoning and reinterpretation. The articulation of the concept facilitates a discussion not only with peers and clients, but more importantly with oneself in a reflective practicum. In the context of engineering practice, sketching serves multiple social and cognitive functions throughout all stages of the product design and development process. Fundamentally sketching is the first language of all designers and it is apparent that the design process can be limited by ones capacity to use drawing for cognitive exploration. It is therefore essential that development of drawing skills is integrated throughout engineering education. This paper discusses curriculum initiatives aimed at developing a drawing culture amongst product design engineering students. SketchFest is a sketching and ideation program that augments existing drawing skills, introduces new techniques and promotes student awareness of the value of sketching in product design and development.
Subjects Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword(s) Sketching
product design
engineering design
engineering curricula
creativity
Copyright notice © 2011 The Design Society,
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