Category Archives: Design

Biomimetics in Architectural Design

In a brief review of aspects of biology relevant to architectural design, a number of biological organisms are considered, delivering design ideas for the improvement of tree structures in the Sagrada Familia; better insulation (ideas from penguin feathers and birds’ … Continue reading

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Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology

Teaching is changing. It is no longer simply about passing on knowledge to the next generation. Teachers in the twenty-first century, in all educational sectors, have to cope with an ever-changing cultural and technological environment. Teaching is now a design … Continue reading

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Emergence in Games

The future direction of game development is towards more flexible, realistic, and interactive game worlds. However, current methods of game design do not allow for anything other than pre-scripted player exchanges and static objects and environments. An emergent approach to … Continue reading

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Design to Thrive: Creating Social Networks and Online Communities

Social networks and online communities are reshaping the way people communicate, both in their personal and professional lives. What makes some succeed and others fail? What draws a user in? What makes them join? What keeps them coming back? Entrepreneurs … Continue reading

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Design Thinking for Social Innovation

Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world. Businesses were the first to … Continue reading

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Framing Creativity. User-driven Innovation in Changing Contexts

This article outlines a way of understanding and modelling how it is possible to design for creative processes. The processes in question involve user-driven didactic design in a Danish project for developing e-learning designs to be used at small and … Continue reading

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Three core practices for creative leadership

From an interview with my dear friend Peggy Holman on enhancing creative leadership: Q: What is one practice that people could start applying today to bring more creativity into their work or their business organization? Holman: If I were to … Continue reading

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The value of systemic innovation of education in design

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Designing Spaces for Effective Learning – a Guide to 21st century Learning Space Design

Read An educational building is an expensive long-term resource. The design of its individual spaces needs to be: •     Flexible – to accommodate both current and evolving pedagogies •     Future-proofed – to enable space to be re-allocated and … Continue reading

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Collaborative Design in Virtual Environments

Read Collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) are multi-user virtual realities which actively support communication and co-operation. This book offers a comprehensive reference volume to the state-of-the-art in the area of design studies in CVEs. It is an excellent mix of contributions … Continue reading

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