What Is Design?
Design is one of the most complex of human activities.
People design when they make systems (internet, city water
supply, interstate roadways), structures (furniture, buildings,
bridges), or the products that surround us.
Many engineers, researchers and educators have attempted
to describe designing by creating charts that depict
few or many design strategies and putting them into
a broadly applicable model of design. No model created
thus far has been universally accepted.
Tutorial Watch a movie that gives an overview
on the design process and commentary on teaching it.
Models of the Design Process Compare the
strengths and weaknesses of linear, cyclic, spiral,
and other design models, from simple 3-step models
to those that are quite complex.
Roles Get practice recognizing different
roles students in design teams can play, including
those of a manager, reporter, designer and scientist.
of Naive Designers Learn about how naive
designers work quite differently from expert designers,
from strategies to pedagogies which help them avoid
& Inquiry Differentiate between these
critical, related tasks, both of which come into play
when students do design activities.
Gestures/Artifacts Designers describe their
design ideas with more than words -- see other communication
modes - drawing, gestures, and the handling of nearby
artifacts - that you will encounter when your students
Design Talk Listen to interviews of students
as describe their design process in their own words.