Inside the head of a designer

The power of social networking
February 27, 2009, 2:13 am
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Lauren Currie and a skype version of Kate Andrews give a talk about the power of social networking. Here’s an excerpt;

“University of Dundee Master of Design student Lauren Currie, and design writer Kate Andrews explore the power of online social networking, and demonstrate the tools students they use to move ideas forward, form networks with practitioners around the world, and build a reputation before and after graduation.

“For the designer to become a producer, she must have the skills to begin directing content, by critically navigating the social, aesthetic, and technological systems across which communications flow.” (Ellen Lupton, 1998).

In highlighting the creative people all over the world using social networking to their advantage, Lauren discusses the dynamic, conversational value of online networking and shows how ideas of teaching and learning need to move away from the confines of the studio towards other, often ad-hoc and virtual, venues.

Joining from London via video conferencing, Kate Andrews, design writer and networker extraordinaire, shares her own insights into the potential offered by new technology.

Focusing on the new possibilities and opportunities the digital world presents, this talk will demonstrate that the world has changed and is changing, and that design courses must change with it if they are to stay relevant. “

I must agree with what they have said about the importance and power of a blog as networking and contact tool. I have to agree, and with my project blogs have had great feedback through them. During my research stages I often send people a blog link so they can become familiar with the project, which means often when turning up for an interview they have started to think about what they can bring to the project and answers to questions I will be asking. Secondly it is a fantastic way of gaining feedback at different stages of the design process.

I also really enjoyed a couple of comments from I think some tutors at Dundee relating to it being a outlet. I do use my blogs often as a way of unloading my head of thoughts and putting them down, and I find this a great way to reflect on my day or days work and think about what to do next.

It’s very exciting to be online at the moment.

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Thanks for the write-up Sarah! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂


Comment by Jonathan

Thanks for highlighting this Sarah. Great to hear your thoughts and you are definitely right – it is a very exciting time to be online!

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