ABSTRACT Designers are increasingly asked to find new concepts for products responding to the changing needs of consumers. The design brief is presented in a broader manner; the designer is asked to rethink the idea of conviviality and to develop new concepts for “sharing a cup of coffee or tea” within a specific cultural setting and encompassing a sustainable design approach. The authors believe that design students should therefore receive specific training to assist them to develop their creative skills using “divergent thinking” methods. This paper examines the way divergent thinking was used during a design workshop conducted in 2009, by the National Museum of Australia (Museum) for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years. It draws comparisons between this workshop and a transport design brief given to undergraduate students in 2008 at the University of Canberra (UC), Industrial Design course. The paper analyses the outcomes of a creative workshop for a group of UC students at the Museum, using the same learning framework used with the children. The authors sought to test whether such a creative approach (if used in the tertiary education context) can free students’ minds, increase the creative output and prepare them for the competitive professional design field.
|Title of host publication||ConnectED 2nd International Conference on Design Education: 2010 Conference Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Online|
|Publisher||The University of New South Wales|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||ConnectED 2010: 2nd International Conference on Design Education - Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 28 Jun 2010 → 1 Jul 2010
|Conference||ConnectED 2010: 2nd International Conference on Design Education|
|Period||28/06/10 → 1/07/10|
Lemaitre, F., & Tunks, B. (2010). Creativity in higher education, design fields: a case study at the National Museum of Australia. In ConnectED 2nd International Conference on Design Education: 2010 Conference Proceedings (pp. 1-4). Online: The University of New South Wales.