Recently I met with Jeremy Yuille who went through with me how we have mapped out the design pattern for the upcoming Masters of Design Futures. This is a program for designers wanting a higher level skills in running projects and design studios either in their own practice or for SMEs.
I asked Jeremy to show in the video the essential design elements we came up with as part of the Global Learning by Design (GLbD) express process. You can see some of the early mapping here. What I liked was some of the wide range of methods that Jeremy brings to facilitate engagement and deeper, more distributed learning. These include a course manifesto, design card challenges, and reflective self awareness tests (based on Myers Briggs indicator).
Essentially there are 3 phases. The first is one of developing self awareness leading up to an introductory video that will be shared with the classroom community.
Then students are guided into exploring contemporary design practices bringing the future into the present, reporting back their findings and commenting across each other’s work. The emphasis is on Gibsonian futures, recalling the famous William Gibson quote:
The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.
Finally students return to working on themselves and their practices from a new future design perspective.
What was fascinating was how much this process benefited from the initial design mapping. Also it is terrific to watch such an advanced design practitioner talk through his own design.
During the video, the final artefact to be created by students had yet to be decided. Previously we had planned students doing an interview of themselves from the future, but a similar outcome had already been planned in a parallel course and we didn’t want to double up. Instead we came up with the idea of the business card of the future, possibly using a virtual reality browser app such as Aurasma, to scan the business card which prompts a 6 second Vine video.