Reflective Essay

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Write a reflective essay about your process and outcome of the design assignment. Emphasize the product architectural decisions, link to problem setting, 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.

You can consider e.g. the following aspects: Concept creation; Task-solution co-evolution; Knowledge building; The moments of decisions about the design; Team dynamics; Own contribution; Your growth as a designer; Product architecture in your team's proposal;

You can also focus to subset of the above if needed.

If 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.

Ensure 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.

An excellent article I hope everyone reads, for making some thoughts explicit about your designerly growth process, potentially helping the essay:

Ball, 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