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04/2: Collaboration in Design Education
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2:00pm - 2:20pm
Educational programs in between Design and Supply Chain. Significant Examples of Academia-SMEs Joint Labs in Italy.
1Jiangnan University - School of Design - China, People's Republic of; 2Rome Sapienza University -Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture
Locate: Furniture manufacturing in Italy is based on interconnected small and medium-sized enterprises based on craftsmanship know-how. Focus: These companies have under-taken profound transformations within the production chain in a logic of "advanced crafts-manship", integrating enabling technologies into high-quality craftsmanship processes. This transformation is aiming at shaping "intelligent enterprises" and it requires new design pro-fessionals able to work with systemic view, connecting design competencies to an overview on the supply chain issues. Report: In this context, Academia-Industry Joint programs could train design managers able to understand, acquire and integrate the tangible and intangible values of manufacturing culture and technological innovations. The research reports on Joint Labs cases studies in between Academia and SMEs that aimed at defining innovative design paths based on digitalization of production and production management. Argue: The presented experiences highlight on how the overall training systems provided by University could represent a significant booster within the entire digitization process and the innova-tion management. In fact, the laboratories have been involved within specific production steps of the companies.
2:20pm - 2:40pm
Collaboration Practices in Industrial Design Education: The Case of METU from a Historical Perspective, 1981-2021
Middle East Technical University
METU Industrial Design Department, as one of the leading educational institutions in Turkey, has more than 20 years of experience in collaboration projects with external partners. Collaboration with external partners has been a well-established instrument in design studio pedagogy at the undergraduate level in particular. Whether and in which ways the collaboration schemes, the collaborators, their goals and roles have evolved in time received relatively little attention in literature. This paper reviews the collaboration practices of the Department from a historical perspective with cross-references to the local context, identifying the internal and external factors that shaped the design education and research agenda of the Department, as well as the collaboration schemes followed. Revealing five periods of collaboration with external partners in the Department’s history, the study puts forth that established schemes followed for collaboration projects in industrial design education contribute to the building and sustainment of collaboration with the right partners, grounded and contextualised project briefs, and an approach that puts education first.
2:40pm - 3:00pm
Reflections on shared mood boards: Examining craft-education students’ conceptual design
University of Helsinki, Finland
This study examines what kind of different meanings craft-education students give to collaboratively created mood boards. As part of their compulsory studies, 11 craft-education students from a Finnish university were assigned to develop shared mood boards in team design sessions. After creating the mood board, each student was instructed to design an outfit utilising the team’s mood board. The data (i.e., video-recorded interviews, photographs of the students’ written or drawn material, teams’ mood boards, and participants’ idea-books) was analysed qualitatively. The results indicated that the meaning came from the active role the mood board played in anchoring idea development and expanding and deepening students’ idea space. Conversely, the mood boards were also found to have a limiting and superficial meaning in the individual processes. Our findings could be beneficial for developing teacher education and design teaching; thus, information on students’ views of different phenomena are always valuable.
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