Tag 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

Posted in Architecture, Biomimetics, Biomimicry, Design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Creative pedagogy, Design, Innovation, Teaching, Technology | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Design, Emergence, Games | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Design, Online communities, Social network | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Design, Social innovation, Thinking | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Creativity, Design, Facilitation, Leadership | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The value of systemic innovation of education in design

Posted in Design, Education, Innovation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Design, Learning, Learning spaces | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Collaboration, Design, design for change | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Emergent Design and Learning Environments – building on Indigenous Knowledge

The empirical basis of this paper is a two-year project to bring new learning environments and methodologies to rural Thailand. Pilot projects were mounted outside of the education system, with the specific purpose of breaking “educational mind-sets” that have been … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous people | Tagged , , | Leave a comment