Supporting design communities: designers' perspectives.

Joel, Sian, Smyth, Michael and Rodgers, Paul (2006) Supporting design communities: designers' perspectives. In: Proc of Engineering and Product Design Education E&PDE06. E&PDE06, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg, Austria..

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Localised un-structured design communities can benefit the designer and the design
process [1]. To explore the concept of community and its impact on design, a series of
semi-structured interviews were conducted. The interview responses were given by
designers from a range of design disciplines and were aimed at understanding generic
significance and implications of design communities. The interviews were carried out
within informal settings with the intention of building up conservation through a flexible
question format. The answers given addressed the issue of designer interaction with
regard to past experiences and education, current processes, resources and influences
used, and the industry as a whole. The un-prescriptive nature of the interviews was
sought to facilitate more realistic, un-biased opinions from design professionals. The
aim of the paper is to reveal the opinions of designers and the examples they give to
suggest that un-structured communities are beneficial to their career. Furthermore,
examples are given of the impact educational, local and international communities can
have. This paper describes the importance of creative centers, be it educational or local,
in forming links with international centers in order to facilitate broader global
communities and networks. By using local networks of creativity the student and
professional designer has access to networks in an international context.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Salzburg, Austria, 07.-08.09.2006
Uncontrolled Keywords: design education; design; product engineering;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 006 Special Computer Methods
600 Technology > 670 Manufacturing > 670 Manufacturing
600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 620 Engineering & allied operations
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Item ID: 3527
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 15:31
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2013 10:44

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