INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE DESIGN SPRINT

ASSIGNING A DESIGN BRIEF THE STUDENTS AREN’T READY FOR
Author:
Benjamin Bush
Company/School:
Auburn University

 

Each spring, American industrial design students team up with Irish industrial design students to complete a 24-hour design sprint. This year the leading professors steered the project away from traditional product outcomes and challenged the students to forecast a future that included physical interaction points where the city and campus could better interact and grow together. The professors agreed that this type of project was beyond the current skill sets of our younger design students and elected to emphasize three frameworks to increase the chances of receiving strong deliverables. These frameworks are assigning local leadership, providing lectures from subject matter experts, and requiring the identification of three stakeholders. This paper includes a case study following two groups’ final deliverables and questions how to best craft projects like these, not only strengthen the students' design outcomes in the short term, but also open the students’ minds to the range of applications the industrial design curriculum prepares them for.

 

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