Contribution towards a Reflection about Methodological Strategies in Design Education and the Function of Drawing in Design

By Suzana Dias and Susana Jorge.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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This work presents a reflection on Design education and specifically on the role of Drawing in this area. As a subject, Design has expanded its field of action expanding into new areas such as Experience Design or Service Design. It became necessary for the designer to have more than an education based on technological knowledge or know-how. Many authors like Meredith Davis, Don Norman or Jamie Hobson point out the urgency to review the curricula of Design courses because nowadays “… design is more than appearance, design is about interaction, about strategy and about services. Designers change social behavior” (Norman 2011). When shifting from a product-centered design to a person-centered design (in a structure, a service or in a relationship) what should the function of drawing in a design course be? What should its curriculum be? Our work methodology will be to confront today’s perspectives on design theory and practice in an attempt to add to the discussion on the methodological strategies in design teaching in the contemporary context.

Keywords: Design, Drawing, Design Teaching

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.21-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 361.771KB).

Suzana Dias

Teacher, Design, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Barcelos, Porto, Portugal

At present, Suzana Dias is completing the Art and Design PhD program at the Fine Arts School of Porto. She finished her Master’s degree in sound and image (digital arts, multimedia) at the School of Arts of Catholic University of Portugal, Porto. She graduated in graphic design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. She is the co-author and editorial designer of a design theory textbook: Desígnio (1 and 2). She teaches graphic and industrial design courses at IPCA. She is a research member in i2ADS - Instituto de Investigação em Arte, Design e Sociedade in Porto, Portugal. Her research interests are design education, design process and experience design.

Susana Jorge

Teacher, Design, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Barcelos, Porto, Portugal

Susana Jorge has a PhD in the history of Portuguese art from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto and a Master’s degree in sound and image (digital art, multimedia) from the School of Arts of Catholic University of Portugal, Porto. She graduated in fine arts and painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. She teaches graphic and industrial design courses at the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA). Her research interests are in design education and mainly in the role of drawing in design.