Design Online

Design Online uses the idea of an ‘article’ as the vehicle for expanding knowledge on subjects related to design in the Asia Pacific. You are able to write a Design Online article for consideration by the Asia Pacific Design Library for inclusion on the site. The article format is based on a simplified model of creative propulsion, that includes the following prompts:

Starting Point: When writing an article, you are first asked to identify the starting point for your position. Design Online recognises that no knowledge exists in isolation and that every idea, thought, or position has an origin, and often this origin exists in the ideas, thoughts and positions of others. Your starting point may be a Design Online article or an external reference such as a website or video.

Position: Your starting point is essentially somebody else’s position that you are attempting to build on. You are challenged to consciously and critically take a position that is either for, against or a synthesis of the ideas of your starting point. Your position should be stated passionately and clearly in 25 words or less.

Description: You are then asked to expand and describe your position in more detail (up to a maximum of 400 words). We think this is long enough to explain your idea and justify your position but also short enough that you are challenged to be concise, direct and simple in your communication while allowing opportunities for others to build on your idea.

What’s Next: Finally, you are asked to challenge and provoke others to build on your position. You might frame this as a question or a series of questions based around the idea of ‘where do we go from here?’ This final step is the magical moment where the dots are joined between articles and knowledge grows!

 

Design Minds

Design Minds uses design thinking to develop the capabilities of successful and creative 21st century citizens within existing education and learning benchmarks, and uses the idea of an ‘article’ as the vehicle for expanding knowledge on subjects related to design education in the Asia Pacific.

We invite teachers and the design community to author articles to inspire educators and learners to make the most of design thinking in their learning environments. As a guest author of Design Minds you have the ability to author new articles of your own for consideration by the Asia Pacific Design Library for inclusion on the site.

We welcome articles that include design-related educational content including documentation of design in the classroom as well as content related to the Design Minds phases:

Inquire: exercises related to research, identifying / defining a problem, developing background understanding, and setting objectives

Ideate: exercises related to brainstorming, generating ideas and solutions to the problem, experimentation and play

Implement: exercises related to testing developed ideas, prototyping and communicating an end result

The article format is based on a simplified model of creative propulsion, which includes the following prompts:

Starting Point: When authoring an article, you are first asked to identify the starting point for your position. Design Minds recognises that no knowledge exists in isolation and that every idea, thought, or position has an origin, and often this origin exists in the ideas, thoughts and positions of others. Your starting point may be a Design Minds article or an external reference such as a website or video.

Position: Your starting point is essentially somebody else’s position that you are attempting to build on. You are challenged to consciously and critically take a position that is either for, against or a synthesis of the ideas of your starting point. Your position should be stated passionately and clearly (that’s why you are only allowed 25 words!)

Description: You are then asked to expand and describe your position in more detail (up to a maximum of 400 words). We think this is long enough to explain your idea and justify your position but also short enough that you are challenged to be concise, direct and simple in your communication while allowing opportunities for others to build on your idea.

Conclusion: Finally, you are asked to challenge and provoke others to build on your position. You might frame this as a question or a series of questions based around the idea of ‘where do we go from here?’ This final step is the magical moment where the dots are joined between articles and knowledge grows!

Once your Design Online or Design Minds article is complete simply email it to Asia Pacific Design Library for consideration to be published live on the site.

Articles are assessed based on the following content significance criteria:

  • Relevance to the Asia Pacific
  • Contemporary value (is the idea connected to the present or future tense)
  • Community and broader social benefit
  • Degree of innovation and thought based around design education

If your article demonstrates strength in a balance of these areas it will be accepted for inclusion and you will form part of the expanding knowledge bank of Design related knowledge.