Reflecting on Fashion City - learning from collaborative experimental design

Akama, Y and Haslem, N 2007, 'Reflecting on Fashion City - learning from collaborative experimental design', Visual:Design:Scholarship, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 39-47.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Reflecting on Fashion City - learning from collaborative experimental design
Author(s) Akama, Y
Haslem, N
Year 2007
Journal name Visual:Design:Scholarship
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 39
End page 47
Total pages 9
Publisher Research Journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association
Abstract Learning through designing is a common pedagogical model in design education. Many design institutions utilise studio-based teaching with design tools and methods facilitating students' learning in a discovery-led way. This paper builds on the above model by examining the learning and discovery that took place that arose from a collaborative student design project named Fashion City. In contrast with most other learning models in undergraduate studio-based teaching, this project did not have a prescribed learning objective. Rather, it took an experimental approach to learn and discover from propositions, interventions, friction and failures. Instead of having a set objective, Fashion City evolved as a response to context, generated through the interactions and actions of a group of designers who all had developed research agendas. In this way Fashion City simply took a position of 'seeing what might happen' when a group of graduate students collaboratively designed a project within a particular context.
Subject Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice
Industrial Design
Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design)
Keyword(s) Participation
reflective practice
collaborative learning
ISSN 1833-2226
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