Novice Visual Communication Design Students’ Awareness of Design Process

By Mike McAuley and Caelli Brooker.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: November 17, 2016 $US5.00

This article reports the outcomes of an inquiry which set out to assist novice, first year visual communication design students to develop awareness of their design process. To facilitate this, a learning intervention was incorporated into the teaching structure. This took the form of a design process diary/journal which enabled students to track their design activities during a six-week assignment. The key component of the diary was the inclusion of a six-stage design process model devised by Swann in 2002. Findings suggest that many of the students found the model allowed them to develop a more explicit understanding of the stages they went through while designing and that their previous understanding of design process had been advanced through the use of the process model.

Keywords: Design Process, Learning Intervention, Explicit Knowledge

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 17, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1013.762KB)).

Dr. Mike McAuley

Senior Lecturer, School of Design, Communication, and Information Technology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Dr. Caelli Brooker

Lecturer, School of Design, Communication, and Information Technology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia