UT Austin Releases 2018 Journal of Design and Creative Technologies

The School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT) at The University of Texas at Austin produced a digital publication that features leaders from around the world delving into the topics of design, design thinking, arts and entertainment technologies, game design and digital visualization.

Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean of the SDCT and Editor of the Journal of Design, introduces its second edition as a showcase of applications of design and technology. She described the convergence of these fields being at the heart of the School of Design and Creative Technologies as they prepare their students for the rapidly evolving workplace and economy.

Several articles within the journal tackled new methods of improving the human-centered design process. In one piece, a peer-powered research repository suggests enhancing human-centered design education. Another article explores an androgynous approach to human-centered design, improving problem-solving outcomes by adopting the best of both feminine and masculine traits.

Design thinking was another popular topic. Jared Huke from Daito Design questions the “fail-fast” mentality often associated with design thinking. And UT’s own Julie Schell identifies the pedagogy problem within design thinking learning environments and advocates for more effective teaching practices by infusing learning science and tailoring education to new users.

Other methods of design teaching and learning were discussed, such as both teachers and students stepping outside their comfort zones to understand innovation, using play to enhance education, or describing how to apply education towards a specific industry such as commerce.

The Journal also highlights the social impact of design, in the ways it is used to confront cultural taboos or combat sexual assaults on campus. Design can be used to make a powerful statement, evident in the final inclusion Within, Above and Beyond, which deconstructs the recent interactive multimedia piece by multimedia artist Yulia Lanina.

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