Posts Tagged: Education

Sh*t Stories Matter

Design has changed. And designers’ role has changed too. The Future of Design Education Group describes designers as “starting to address some of the major societal issues facing the planet.” Challenges of this complexity need creativity, original ideas and fresh

Sh*t Stories Matter

Design has changed. And designers’ role has changed too. The Future of Design Education Group describes designers as “starting to address some of the major societal issues facing the planet.” Challenges of this complexity need creativity, original ideas and fresh

Design Thinking isn’t for everyone

Design thinking (DT) has been hot topic for a while, and many people advocate for it arguing that this approach can help solve any problems. While there is a lot written and said about the approach and the methods, and

Design Thinking isn’t for everyone

Design thinking (DT) has been hot topic for a while, and many people advocate for it arguing that this approach can help solve any problems. While there is a lot written and said about the approach and the methods, and

Final Step: Designing Your Ideal Experience

What does the ideal college experience look like for freshman students just twelve weeks into their first semester? How could colleges support that experience? After eight weeks of self-reflection, metacognitive activities and creativity exercises, students in my Creativity seminar answered

Final Step: Designing Your Ideal Experience

What does the ideal college experience look like for freshman students just twelve weeks into their first semester? How could colleges support that experience? After eight weeks of self-reflection, metacognitive activities and creativity exercises, students in my Creativity seminar answered

A Decade of Learnings

I started this blog in July 2009 as a way to share my learnings and struggles on my PhD research about the London Underground Map, diagrams and design methods. Looking back at the posts published throughout the last decade, it

A Decade of Learnings

I started this blog in July 2009 as a way to share my learnings and struggles on my PhD research about the London Underground Map, diagrams and design methods. Looking back at the posts published throughout the last decade, it

Step 2: Moving from unconscious to conscious levels

My previous post discussed the impact of coloring books in students’ creativity and argued for breaking the rules as the first step for reconnecting with creative thinking. This post examines having a deep understanding of your own mental processes as

Step 2: Moving from unconscious to conscious levels

My previous post discussed the impact of coloring books in students’ creativity and argued for breaking the rules as the first step for reconnecting with creative thinking. This post examines having a deep understanding of your own mental processes as

Step 1: Coloring outside and beyond the lines

Do coloring books stifle creativity? Or do coloring books encourage creativity? Some people believe coloring books are good because they provide children with an opportunity to practice creative skills (i.e. painting) and help children learn elements from the world. However researchers argue

Step 1: Coloring outside and beyond the lines

Do coloring books stifle creativity? Or do coloring books encourage creativity? Some people believe coloring books are good because they provide children with an opportunity to practice creative skills (i.e. painting) and help children learn elements from the world. However researchers argue

Embrace Creativity: It is more than a buzzword

Teaching creativity has helped me understand myself better and gained an appreciation for how empowering learning (or re-learning) to think creatively–a.k.a. think “outside the box”–can be for many people. Interestingly, 20 years ago, creativity was not taught explicitly in design education.

Embrace Creativity: It is more than a buzzword

Teaching creativity has helped me understand myself better and gained an appreciation for how empowering learning (or re-learning) to think creatively–a.k.a. think “outside the box”–can be for many people. Interestingly, 20 years ago, creativity was not taught explicitly in design education.

Understanding the hidden logic

What is the story told by the above objects? What do these objects have in common? At a glance these objects look like just a bunch of office supplies with not apparent connection or story to be told. However, after

Understanding the hidden logic

What is the story told by the above objects? What do these objects have in common? At a glance these objects look like just a bunch of office supplies with not apparent connection or story to be told. However, after

Becoming a Designer takes work

Teaching design in non-design universities and schools is certainly a very different experience from teaching in design education. For the last six years, in addition to my design courses, I have been teaching design thinking to non-designers. All this time

Becoming a Designer takes work

Teaching design in non-design universities and schools is certainly a very different experience from teaching in design education. For the last six years, in addition to my design courses, I have been teaching design thinking to non-designers. All this time

Is simple the new complex?

The way people communicate and process information has changed. These changes are most notably in younger generations, daily interactions (digital or face-to-face) and various ways of expressing ideas (e.g. articles, social media). Recently, I have started to see a connection

Is simple the new complex?

The way people communicate and process information has changed. These changes are most notably in younger generations, daily interactions (digital or face-to-face) and various ways of expressing ideas (e.g. articles, social media). Recently, I have started to see a connection