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Sketching Design Thinking: Representations of Design in Education and Practice

  1. Sketching Design Thinking: Representations of Design in Education and Practice Colin M. Gray & Martin A. Siegel DRS // CUMULUS | May 15, 2013
  2. Reflection is embedded in a variety of educational domains (Ellmers, 2006; Rogers, 2001; Schön, 1983) Creation of schema as potentially evaluative in relation to design expertise? (Nelson & Stolterman, 2012; Siegel & Stolterman, 2008) Viewing the design studio as “a coherent system of activity” that connects to practice (Brandt, et al., 2011; Shaffer, 2007) background
  3. review of literature
  4. literature “Playing the Whole Game” Viewing education in a holistic, action-driven way (Perkins, 2010) Linking education and practice together through the studio (Schön, 1983; Shulman, 2005)
  5. literature Reflection Reflection-in-action as a tacit process “in the moment” (Schön, 1983) Reflection-on-action as a more explicit act (Ellmers, 2006; Schön, 1983)
  6. literature Expertise in Design Practice Generic model of expertise (Dreyfus, 2003; Lawson & Dorst, 2009) Domain specific model of expertise in interaction design (Siegel & Stolterman, 2008)
  7. context
  8. First-year Master’s students in the Human-Computer Interaction design (HCI/d) program in a School of Informatics Interaction design practitioners context
  9. data Students (60) Three “whole game of HCI” sketches during an introductory design course (undergraduate and graduate students) Practitioners (6) One “whole game of HCI” sketch completed during an interview for a larger study
  10. methods
  11. methods Thematic coding Analysis of formal visual characteristics
  12. analysis Analysis of intact sets of student reflection sketches Sketches coded based on organizational paradigms and formal characteristics
  13. findings
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  33. findings Beginning designer to hardened professional Risk-averse and simplistic to chaotic and deep Linear to non-linear to linear Individual designer to team of collaborators
  35. next steps
  36. next steps Richer data collection to establish context surrounding the creation of these sketches (currently underway) Additional work on reflection as a way to externalize conceptions of design thinking
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