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Authors: Nancy Snow & Saskia van Kampen
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In first year, the design educator’s role is to prepare beginning design students for their undergraduate experience and beyond. We will be discussing a study currently underway that investigates a course’s assignments that focus on research methods and levels of critical engagement in first year design students. We will also discuss how certain components are structured in order to stimulate autonomous learning. This is essential to us in graphic design at OCAD University as our approach to... more

Author: Nancy Snow & Saskia van Kampen
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Beginning design students regularly struggle to articulate their intent and decision-making regarding the work they produce. This is often demonstrated through students’ naive engagement in iterative processes, simplistic articulation of concept, and ingenuous criticality when critiquing the work of their peers. Can a more holistic inclusion of writing into design process help students engage more critically with work they make and help them to engage in more purposeful critiquing of their peers’ work?... more

Author: Saskia van Kampen
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The complex nature of visual culture demands that designers, design students as well as design instructors engage both on a theoretical and practical level with their design practice in order to stay current, avoid complacency and develop innovative ways of seeing and functioning. Theory and practice must work together and inform each other (Schön, 37). However, practical knowledge is often deemed inferior to theoretical knowledge, leading to a focus on the latter within the classroom environment. The divide between... more

Author: Saskia van Kampen

This thesis paper examines how handcraft (making an item by analog means using specific materials) can be a compelling rhetorical tool for graphic designers to harness. Contrasting handcraft techniques with computer graphics software “unsettles” rote graphic design practices. The meaning that lies in the physical act of making, the materials that are used and the contexts with which particular handcrafts are associated can support, as well as carry, visual rhetoric in design works. 

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Author: Saskia van Kampen

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The role that intuition plays in design is essential to the process of making and innovation. But can intuition be taught? If intuition works on a subconscious level how can students harness it or even talk about it in a classroom environment or within the industry? How do we as designers put what we do into words? The struggle for designers to objectively articulate the process of making has led to what Peter Dormer in The Art of the Maker describes as a sharp decline in the status of craft knowledge due... more

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