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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

Design Education Research Group


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Modelling and designing

Modelling has been central to the work of the DERG from its beginnings and the new book by Professor Ken Baynes provides the opportunity to revisit these vital areas.

The book's title - 'Models of change: the impact of 'designerly thinking' on people's lives and the environment' - reflects the fundamental importance of modelling to human futures.

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The book will be initially presented through five seminars with each having an associated Orange Series publication. These will be:

The first of these seminars took place at the 2009 D&T Association Conference which was held at Loughborough University. The second seminar took place at The 1st International Visual Methods Conference, which was held at the University of Leeds from 15-17 September.

The third seminar took place at the Department of Design and Technology at Loughborough University in December 2009 and in association with the visit of the Quick on the Draw Exhibition.

The fourth seminar took place at Goldsmiths', University of London on 27 April 2010. The associated Orange Series publications are available from Loughborough University's Institutional Repository.

The theoretical platform provided by this series of seminars is expected to locate a number of DERG research initiatives e.g. the exploration of the relationship of technology and designing and associated modelling systems, the exploration of the relationship between graphicacy (visual literacy) and designing (Xenia Danos) and the links between visual communication of technology, designing and innovation (Cheng Siew Beh).

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There have been considerable prior DERG efforts relating to design modelling tools, such as sketching (Ian Storer) and CAD/CAM (Tony Hodgson, Clare Allsop and Alister Fraser).

Recent research has investigated the use made of CAD, CAM and RP across the whole education continuum and identified its potential role and effective use in practice. Of particular interest have been research projects to investigate the use of CAD in schools, how CAD modelling strategies can be taught so that design intent is accurately reflected in design development, and how learning to design is genuinely supported by CAD activity during key design phases.

Current research is exploring how appropriate CAD use leads to greater innovation in design outcomes. The relationship of CAD/CAM and creativity is being pursued through Aede Hatib Musta'amal's PhD research programme.

Research in this area has led to collaboration with PTC, the D&T Association and a number of companies supplying CAD/CAM solutions. It has also led to the development of learning resources that embody some of the teaching strategies and approaches which arise from this research. One such example is CAD/CAM Achiever 8.0, which aims to support teachers who are learning to use CAD software, and to implement its use in school-based design.

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