GD4001: Design Thinking, Discourse and Skills

Teaching Schedule:

Brief 1: Leading Ladies

Sept 13: Briefing at induction meeting

Sept 19/22 (Week 1): Review concept sketches

Sept 26/29 (Week 2): Review proposals for finals

Brief 2: Soapbox for Shy Speakers

Oct 3/6 (Week 3): Briefing. In class research, brainstorming and ideation

Oct 10/13 (Week 4): Review concept sketches/development work

Oct 17/20 (Week 5): Review proposals for finals
Oct 24/27 (Week 6): Formative assessment
Brief 3: Baseline Jacket Design

Oct 31/Nov3 (Week 7): Briefing. Research and ideation

Nov 7/10 (Week 8): Concept Proposals

Nov 14/17 (Week 9): Concept Development

Nov 21/24 (Week 10): Proposals for finals

Nov 28/Dec1 (Week 11): Development and refinement

Dec 5/8 (Week 12): Final tweaks
Friday December 8, Body-of-work (portfolio) Hand-In, 15:00 – 16:30

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge & Understanding (25%)
    Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and approaches through contextual inquiry.
    2. Intellectual/Professional Skills & Abilities

2a. Observe and analyse design practices, recognise design problems and creative opportunities, and identify solutions through iterative sketching. (25%)

2b. Evidence your ability to learn new skills and effectively use tools and resources in the realisation of graphic communications. (25%)

  1. Personal Value Attributes (25%)

Demonstrate engagement and commitment for your studies as evidenced by attendance in class, reflecting critically on your own methods of work, initiating self-learning and evaluating your own progress.


Leading Ladies

Initial images/ideation





Anne Frank quote – “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”


Soapbox for shy speakers

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