Designing for the real world: the studio as pedagogical approach to teach creativity

  • Marcos Mortensen Steagall
  • Tatiana Tavares
Keywords: Design Education, Social Design, Design Studio, Design-based Research

Abstract

This study addresses the role of the Design Studio as a pedagogic approach and presents the development of a brief conducted with undergraduate year 3 students in Aotearoa, New Zealand. A mixed framework of quantitative and qualitative methods was used to guide the methodology of the study. The literature and research on the human-centred approach informed the construction of the study and provided ways to interpret the data and situate the findings. Using Design-based research (DBR- Collins, 1999; Brown, 1999), as a methodology used by educators to analyse the development of the brief, the paper presents student’s outcomes and the chronological activities advanced in the classroom over a 12-week period (correspondent to an academic semester). Experiences with real clients and users were important in allowing students to experience Social Design and engage students with wicked problems that were complex and interconnected. The study found the students understanding of real-world problems and working in a collaborative environment has developed more engaging content and development of collaborative methods that promoted cultural diversity and use of technology.

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Author Biographies

Marcos Mortensen Steagall

Professor e coordenador do Curso de Design da AUT - South Campus. Possui ampla experiência no conhecimento, desenvolvimento e implementação de currículos educacionais, liderando os esforços de equipes acadêmicas. Mestre e Doutor em Comunicação e Semiótica e, em 2015, mudou-se para Aotearoa, Nova Zelândia, para realizar pesquisa conduzidas por prática artística, que resultou em novo doutorado defendido em 2018 na própria AUT. 

Tatiana Tavares

Professora do curso de bacharelado em Design da Comunicação da AUT University. Originalmente do Brasil e vivendo na Nova Zelândia, Tatiana ganhou diversos prêmios internacionais por sua ilustração e design. Depois de uma carreira de 20 anos na publicidade e design gráfico, obteve Mestrado (2011) e doutorado (2019) em Arte & Design pela AUT University. Hoje ela leciona as disciplinas de ilustração, design gráfico, estudos da narrativa e teorias do design. Seus interesses de pesquisa estão ligados à metodologias practice-led, a interseção entre a narrativa decolonial e a linguagem da mídia, e polivocalidade na narrativa digital interativa.

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How to Cite
Steagall, M. M., & Tavares, T. (2021). Designing for the real world: the studio as pedagogical approach to teach creativity. DAT Journal, 6(2), 331-344. https://doi.org/10.29147/dat.v6i2.401
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