Is it Still Valid to Teach Principles of Two- and Three-dimensional Design? A Documentation of Design Foundation Courses in European Design Universities

By Angela Blachnitzky.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper presents contemporary teaching positions based on interviews with design foundation teachers in Europe in the context of media- and interaction design, but also within communication- and industrial design. The study was carried out in 2010/11. The main question addressed was: Are design basics (that were taught at the Bauhaus and School of Ulm) such as elementary two- and three-dimensional basics, shape, colour and experimentation with materials still relevant for design education today? The vast majority of participants stated that they are relevant. However, not all of them found that it would still make sense to teach them in depth or in a classic way.

Keywords: Design Basics, Basic Design, Design Education, Design Foundation, Principles of Two- and Three-dimensional Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.19-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.362MB).

Angela Blachnitzky

Lecturer, School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Since 2007 Angela Blachnitzky has been employed at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) as a lecturer in the School of Design, teaching two big first year courses. Previously she taught media design basics at the University of Applied sciences in Munich, Germany. Her main research interests are design education and interaction design for children. Angela completed a Master of Design qualification at Massey University (Wellington) 2010 and graduated from the University of Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany in 1996. Her industry experience ranges from commercial webdesign and usability (as senior consultant & teamleader webdesign at Cable & Wireless) to behavioural interaction design and graphic branding design (as founder of the Munich design office Gestaltungsland). In her spare time, Angela works on independent art projects.

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