In February 2016, I was chosen (along with a few of my peers from the Bangor Design School) to take part in Enterprise by Design at the Pontio Innovation Centre in Bangor, North Wales.
I have briefly discussed it on my linked in profile, because of the amount of skills I developed and acquired.
8 week multidisciplinary design challenge for students of Bangor University who took part. I was one of the students who took part in this challenge and was part of a team including and engineering student, a psychology student and a business studies student. Working collaboratively to solve issues related to user experiences of the high street using design thinking and design processes.
As a design student, you are more often than not so engrossed in your own work and making sure that your portfolio represents you as an individual as best as possible, that the chance to develop multi disciplinary or collaborative skills often gets missed, or just not thought about at all.
Here is a short video explaining what Enterprise by Design is by andy Goodman (Design Director at Pontio, Bangor)
The challenge started with creating a team. And the teams had to get to know each other to be able to collaborate effectively. This was done simply by the use of advertising triangles. Participants effectively had to advertise their skills and attributes on the triangle and then walk around until they had met and linked up with a potential team mate. Teams were complete when the pyramid was created through linking the triangles.
For further reading on how effective collaboration can enhance the design process click here
Last Sunday was a sunny day for a change on Anglesey so off we went out to have a mooch about with the kids. We stopped off at the local car boot sale first of all. While we were doing the “mooching” I came across a stall that was full of 1940’s 50’s and possibly 60’s print media.
I love looking at old advertisements and logo designs to see how things have changed over the course of time since print media was made possible with the Guttenberg Press.
— Nia Sian Design (@niasiandesign) August 21, 2016
This is a video I made whilst on school placement. I used it in a key stage 3 textiles class, but would be suitable for the ideation phase of any design and technology discipline within schools.
Its a silent video, and the idea behind it is that the class teacher would have it on loop in the background, explaining the process and then leaving it on for the duration of the video. I found it worked really well with the pupils who needed to refresh their memories a little with regards to techniques demonstrated. It also gives the pupils a visual inspirational focal point in the classroom.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.