Design work experience student workbook

A 20 page workbook to help students complete work experience in a design studio.

Contents

How work experience works
How to organise your studio contacts
Suggested interview questions
Worksheets
Timesheets/diary
Help write a design brief
Achievements checklist to record outcomes

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The design process

By understanding the design process you will be able to help your son or daughter complete design assignments that may form part of their schooling. It will also help you prepare them for work experience.

There are many models for the design process. One of the starting points is the diagram below that was prepared by Damien Newman from Central Story.

Design Process

This shows the progress from 'fuzzy' logic into research that refines the thinking and then into development of a concept, prototype and final design where the solution is very tightly refined and focused.

The stages of the design process can be shown as:

Design brief – this will have a clear statement of the design goals, the intended audience, the communication methods/mediums, outcomes and measurement.

Analysis – analysis of the brief. This is still in the 'fuzzy logic' area. The designer is questioning everything in the brief and approaching it from a multitude of directions.

Research – investigating similar design solutions, the audience, the mediums and the outcomes.

Specification – specifying the resources that will be needed to achieve design solution. Usually the point where a scope and estimate are presented to the client.

Problem solving – developing concepts and producing design solutions initially through rough sketches and then onto the computer for development of prototypes for presentation.

Presentation – presenting design prototypes to the client.

Refinement – refining the prototypes following client discussion.

Testing – testing prototypes with the intended audience.

Refinement – refining the prototypes following audience feedback.

Presentation – presenting final design solution to the client.

Implementation – producing the design solution and delivering it to the audience.

Evaluation – examination of the process and results, including suggestions for future improvements.

Look at the The Design Process in the Student section to see an explanation of how a work experience student might be involved in the design process.