Category Archives: definitions

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

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

Making sense of mental models in information design

The use of users’ mental models in information design is essential to develop effective outputs. However, there is confusion surrounding the concept of mental models and how to use knowledge of users’ mental models in the design process. Some information

Making sense of mental models in information design

The use of users’ mental models in information design is essential to develop effective outputs. However, there is confusion surrounding the concept of mental models and how to use knowledge of users’ mental models in the design process. Some information

How to Conduct Research Workshops in Design

Workshops are fun and can act as collaborative research experiences to elicit rich insights about your audience. Through hands-on activities or active discussion, workshops help participants discover unknown and undefined needs or identify specific steps in the way they perform

How to Conduct Research Workshops in Design

Workshops are fun and can act as collaborative research experiences to elicit rich insights about your audience. Through hands-on activities or active discussion, workshops help participants discover unknown and undefined needs or identify specific steps in the way they perform

How to Conduct Diary Studies in Design

As designers, this is the method where we can be very creative. Unlike observations and interviews, diary studies give participants the ac­tive role in gathering data, while you minimize your influence on them and remain an ‘outsider’. You would conduct

How to Conduct Diary Studies in Design

As designers, this is the method where we can be very creative. Unlike observations and interviews, diary studies give participants the ac­tive role in gathering data, while you minimize your influence on them and remain an ‘outsider’. You would conduct

How to Conduct Contextual Interviews in Design

Contextual interviews is one of the most frequently used method in design research. However, many students and designers underestimate the amount of preparation and practice needed to conduct effective interviews and elicit useful insights. This is because contextual interviews are

How to Conduct Contextual Interviews in Design

Contextual interviews is one of the most frequently used method in design research. However, many students and designers underestimate the amount of preparation and practice needed to conduct effective interviews and elicit useful insights. This is because contextual interviews are

Series 1: Understanding how to design for real people

As design challenges grow in complexity and ambiguity, the ability to understand people—not just data about them—is essential to developing human-centered solutions that address the nuances of human behavior and their specific needs. This understanding becomes particularly paramount when we

Series 1: Understanding how to design for real people

As design challenges grow in complexity and ambiguity, the ability to understand people—not just data about them—is essential to developing human-centered solutions that address the nuances of human behavior and their specific needs. This understanding becomes particularly paramount when we