Author Archives: sheilapontis

Why imagination matters

Creativity and innovation have become popular words. Just a quick search in Google shows about 663,000,000 and 3,270,000,000 results respectively. Also, many articles from domains unrelated to arts and design have described creativity as the skill to master in the

Why imagination matters

Creativity and innovation have become popular words. Just a quick search in Google shows about 663,000,000 and 3,270,000,000 results respectively. Also, many articles from domains unrelated to arts and design have described creativity as the skill to master in the

Creativity + Science: Prep for the third course edition

Next week I start teaching a new edition of the online Creativity + Science course for science PhD students. Once again, we had an extremely positive response from students doubling our enrollment from last year with more than 65 enrolled

Creativity + Science: Prep for the third course edition

Next week I start teaching a new edition of the online Creativity + Science course for science PhD students. Once again, we had an extremely positive response from students doubling our enrollment from last year with more than 65 enrolled

Making synthesis visible

Although we synthesize information every day, the activity of synthesis is often thought as mysterious or described as hard to explain. In simple words, synthesis is a turning point in problem solving: when we crystallize understanding and start to see

Making synthesis visible

Although we synthesize information every day, the activity of synthesis is often thought as mysterious or described as hard to explain. In simple words, synthesis is a turning point in problem solving: when we crystallize understanding and start to see

Supervising design research at the intersection of technology, science, and society

With the growing number of cross-disciplinary programs and the active role of design in complex challenges, design theses are increasingly focusing on the intersection of multiple domains, rather than only investigating design related questions. Only in the last year, my

Supervising design research at the intersection of technology, science, and society

With the growing number of cross-disciplinary programs and the active role of design in complex challenges, design theses are increasingly focusing on the intersection of multiple domains, rather than only investigating design related questions. Only in the last year, my

An heutagogical approach for design education

Teaching has changed considerably in the last 20 years, and even at a faster pace in the last five. One of the most noticeable changes I have experienced is students’ attitude towards learning. Before most of the students chose to

An heutagogical approach for design education

Teaching has changed considerably in the last 20 years, and even at a faster pace in the last five. One of the most noticeable changes I have experienced is students’ attitude towards learning. Before most of the students chose to

Maybe you don’t need interviews

The use of research in design has increased dramatically in the last ten years. Nowadays, most design programs include research as part of the curricula, and courses about design research have also become common. However, research in design has also

Maybe you don’t need interviews

The use of research in design has increased dramatically in the last ten years. Nowadays, most design programs include research as part of the curricula, and courses about design research have also become common. However, research in design has also

Advanced design research workshop for design educators

Once again, this week I’m in Spain teaching a workshop on design research to art and design educators. This time I’m in the Generalitat Valenciana to teach at the Escuelas de Arte y Superior de Diseño in Orihuela and in

Advanced design research workshop for design educators

Once again, this week I’m in Spain teaching a workshop on design research to art and design educators. This time I’m in the Generalitat Valenciana to teach at the Escuelas de Arte y Superior de Diseño in Orihuela and in

Design Education 3.0: Understanding how to implement heutagogy

As a heutagogical design educator, most of my classes encourage the core elements of self-determined learning by using experiential techniques and hands-on exercises, stimulating dialogue, facilitating collaboration and supporting self-reflection. As much as possible, I tailor each class and exercise

Design Education 3.0: Understanding how to implement heutagogy

As a heutagogical design educator, most of my classes encourage the core elements of self-determined learning by using experiential techniques and hands-on exercises, stimulating dialogue, facilitating collaboration and supporting self-reflection. As much as possible, I tailor each class and exercise

Creativity ≠ Design

Me: My Creativity + Science course is going really well.Colleague: That’s great; so, you are teaching them design, right? Me: No, the class is about creative thinking, not about design at all.Colleague: Ah… but…are these different things? The fact that

Creativity ≠ Design

Me: My Creativity + Science course is going really well.Colleague: That’s great; so, you are teaching them design, right? Me: No, the class is about creative thinking, not about design at all.Colleague: Ah… but…are these different things? The fact that

Creativity + Science: Understanding the role of problem statements

Last week we arrived at the end of the Creativity + Science course with the final project presentations. This cohort created strong and visually engaging presentations, and did an excellent job communicating their research goals and ideas. Interestingly, some of

Creativity + Science: Understanding the role of problem statements

Last week we arrived at the end of the Creativity + Science course with the final project presentations. This cohort created strong and visually engaging presentations, and did an excellent job communicating their research goals and ideas. Interestingly, some of