The final 40% of the Team assignment grade for the course.
Deliver a presentation primarily in pdf-format here. The presentation may be done in Powerpoint or other tool, and have videos, props etc., but upload here a pdf version. You can upload also supporting material in video formats.
Concepts are expected to be
developed with some linkage to findings from own team and the other teams. A cohesive chain of argumentation from your results, the goals you have set, and your concept creation process is appreciated in grading. You can focus with the setting of your objective: a well-founded concept addressing a reasonably limited objective is better than a vague general presentation of issues with little conceptual clarity.
Presentation: 10-15 mins presentation + 10-15 mins discussion.
a reflective essay about your process and outcome of the design
assignment. Emphasize how your designerly insights developed, how design solutions and task/problem framing
co-evolved. Also include a chapter about teamwork and analyze your own
contribution, and that of the others -emphasizing the positive
contributions of each, as well as you all as a group with more critical
view. Ensure you have a clear structure in your document.
can consider e.g. the following aspects: Concept creation;
Task-solution co-evolution, and moments of problem framing and re-framing; Knowledge building; The moments of decisions
about the design; Team dynamics; Own contribution; Your growth as a
You can also focus to subset of the above if you prefer.
needed, you can have a chapter also about the possible clash the course
content and your personal take to design as an activity. What is design
to you? As mentioned in the book below (Lawson & Dorst), design can
be presented as a knowledge building process or purely as problem
solving. You may have other views -reading the book (or just the
chapter) may frame and ground your view further or even change it.
you have at least four or five relevant references from this course or
further; stick to academic referencing practices with a list of the
references at the end. Length of the essay should be 4-5 pages, with
font size 11, one column, 1,5 line-height. Text is enough in this essay, no need to visualize.
An excellent articleI hope everyone reads, for making some thoughts explicit about your designerly growth process, potentially helping the essay:
L. J., & Christensen, B. T. (2019). Advancing an understanding of
design cognition and design metacognition: Progress and prospects. Design Studies, 65, 35–59. Article here
A book (in e-format here) which
provides you a good overview of what design is as an activity, and how
the expertise in it develops. At least Chapter 2 is a beneficial read
to ground design thinking and provides you potential further references:
Lawson, Bryan, and Kees Dorst. Design Expertise, Taylor &
Francis Group, 2009. Here
If you agree with the statement, please copy the statement below to the front page under the title:
I agree my essay to be used as research
data for design research studies by Severi Uusitalo and Markus Ahola. In such use the data shall be in anonymized form so that not me, nor the team can be identified from it.
A minor penalty will be added from the points per each day the essay is late from the deadline.