Developing iterative design processes

Provider: The Design and Technology Association
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Description This branch training event and resource looks to explore how Iterative Design (ID) has been used in industry and how we, as design and technology teachers can use a similar process to improve the quality of our students' work, particularly in the development section of a 'design portfolio'. Iterative design is designing but more specifically, understanding what one is designing through actually creating it. Alistair Cockburn describes it as “learning by completing". Perhaps most importantly, an underlying principle of the iterative method is that until you have actually built what you are designing, you are not going to be able to fully understand it. When presenting sketches and ideas to users for their feedback, you are effectively asking them to imagine how the product will work, to prototype it in their mind as it were, and then provide feedback on what they are imagining. However, with ID you are prototyping at every stage and therefore you get more reliable user/client feedback.
Duration 4.30pm-6.00pm

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Categories Secondary
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students The presentation also looks at the APU model of the 'interaction of mind and hand' produced in 1991 but never really taken on board by most D&T departments. The APU (Assessment of Performance Unit) model was the first time that design education in the UK (and probably the world) looked at the thinking rather than the doing. It resulted in the realisation that the essence of (good) design and technology was the interaction of mind and hand.

They concluded that ‘this inter-relationship between modelling ideas in the mind and modelling ideas in reality is the cornerstone of capability in design and technology. It is best described as “thought in action”. The model below using the APU model and applies it directly to the classroom situation.

It goes onto to illustrate how it fits into the new PoS through the use of a practical activity, that can be used with students in KS3 or beyond.

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