Here is some extra information regarding Seminar II next week. We would like for all of you to be able to participate actively and to get the most out of this seminar, so make sure that you come prepared.
First of all (and again), it is very important that you have finished reading ‘Design for the Real World’ by Papanek. Also make sure that you are up to date with the articles in the course reader. During the seminar we will discuss several topics and you are expected to support your statements with references from the literature.
Second, you will form groups of 4 – 5 students for the design project which will start in April. We will try to form groups based on similar interests and ambitions. Therefore it is important that you will already think about subjects/problems that you are interested in. Try not to be too specific, since you will need to be able to find 3 - 4 other students who are interested in the same field. For example you can think about ‘Energy saving in Sweden,’ ‘Local food production,’ ‘Health,’ etc. If you already know that you really want to work with a specific method or theory, e.g. Biomimicry or Participatory Design, that will also be a good starting point.
- Write down your keyword/keywords on a piece of paper and hand it in at the start of seminar.
Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to work on the project of their first choice. We will all have to be a bit flexible here and make sure that everyone ends up in a good group. You will continue to work with this group until the end of the semester, so make sure that you actively participate during the seminar to find people with similar interests/ambitions.
- The assignment description for the group project is now posted above under ‘Assignments.’ Make sure you read it before the seminar so you have a better idea of what is expected of you and you will have the chance to ask questions if anything is unclear.
Please note that this seminar will be from 17.15 to 20.00!
We plan to have another after-seminar in the Cemus Library. This could be a great way to get to know your new project group members a bit better, so feel free to join us after class!
Heleen and Lakin