‘Many identify themselves with their creative practice and see
writing in opposition to that practice. They find it constraining
and difficult ... and painful in itself’ (Borg, 2012).
1. Developed critical perspectives on design culture and the
contemporary role of the designer.
2. Explored the possibilities of integrating theory and criticism into
3. Developed the ability to place design within a broad frame of
4. Demonstrated the application of study, analytical and research
5. Demonstrated the ability to locate and select a wide range of
information sources correctly
Design in Context 2: Learning Outcomes
An online account of group
-Includes primary and secondary
-Includes visual and textual
-Each post must come with a
What is a research blog?
context, links with
Postmodernism –media, consumerism, cultural hybridity,
Gender – feminism, representation in media, sexualities
Globalisation – cultural imperialism, global branding,
Subcultures – youth culture, new media, specific subcultures
Design Ethics – environmentalism, sustainability
Cybercultures – technology and identity, social networks
Research blogs sound less terrifying than an academic essay but you can
warble as much as you like!
I find blogging an interesting and contemporary method to present research.
It’s nice to have a bit of diversity and present work publicly in an environment
we are familiar with.
Research blogs are better than essays…feel more involved and stimulated
It focuses on research (hardest part) and how to analyse it. Makes us explore
more themes and discuss more.
It makes research more friendly!
• Further development
of critical thinking
• Follow up sessions
• Peer reviews
• Roll-out to new MA
students and other