Creative synergies within a social context
Date of Issue2009
World Design Congress (2009)
School of Art, Design and Media
Designing for our Environment has been a common and effective practice in Design Education at the tertiary level for most Singapore design institutions. As for design education at the secondary level, the younger students may not have the relevant exposures to this learning approach. This particular project was set for these young students between the ages of 13 to 15 to exemplify this learning approach of putting design within our environment. This project also clearly demonstrated the concept of putting “Theory into Practice” in Design Education. Design education has to be contextualised and it should start with young minds of our generation. This group of teenagers managed to understand the needs of their elderly clients and conveyed their message in the form of visual communication which encompasses the below dimensions: 1. Using the visual language appropriately as a visual communication tool to their clients. * Communicating with the patients and other audiences through a functional platform. 2. Creating designs focusing on the fundamentals of design elements and principles. * Amalgamating design elements and therapeutic capabilities. This paper will further elaborate on these main points and discuss how effective it is for students to learn in a collaborative platform and showcasing what they have learnt in a social context. It will also identify the main learning points for a more effective design education in our Secondary Schools.
© 2009 The Author.