Design Pedagogy and Cultural Interrogation: Considering the International and the Anthropological

By Aidan Rowe.

Published by Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal — Annual Review

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This paper examines the benefits, and challenges, of using culture as a focal point and the anthropological as an approach in a design programme. The case is made for an educational environment that interrogates and uses culture as both an internalizing and externalizing focus. Projects are presented and analysed—from an identity project that paired up North American and Asian students to a study abroad course where students worked and lived in another culture. Finally, the text also examines the benefits, and challenges, of using culture and the anthropologic as points of interrogation in design pedagogy.

Keywords: Design Pedagogy, Cultural Interrogation, Design Education, Anthropologic Design, Internationalization

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal — Annual Review, Volume 6, 2012, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.077MB).

Prof. Aidan Rowe

Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Design, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Aidan Rowe teaches interactive media, design theory, and information design. His research and practice interests lie in both design and education. Recent practice-based work explores human computer interaction, net.art, and information aesthetics. Written and pedagogic work revolves around understanding and improving design education, in both practical and theoretical forms. Recent professional clients include Net-A-Porter.com, Sony, Vogue, Matthew Williamson and Jimmy Choo. Over the last five years he has delivered papers or presented work in the UK, Canada, Scotland, Austria, Korea and Japan. He has taught design in Canada, the UK, Germany and Japan. His work is featured in numerous publications, the most recent being Colour Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers.