Analysing design processes: a study on graduation projects of industrial design students

Acar, Gün
This study analyses students̕ design processes within a graduation project that is devised as to approximate a real-life design task. It comprises a literature search on developments in design methodology, and two field studies, a participant observation study followed by long interviews with a selection of the observation sample. Through the literature search, a framework representing the nature of the design activity is brought together on the basis of three studies in descriptive design methodology. Together with the field studies equipped with this framework, this study sought to elucidate students̕ design processes in order to provide insights for design education. Analysing students̕ processes, their design problems and the academic scheme within which they operated, pertaining to their respective influences on students̕ projects and progresses, implications to facilitate further developments of educational curriculum and academic schemes are reached.


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Citation Formats
G. Acar, “ Analysing design processes: a study on graduation projects of industrial design students,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.