Professional Skills

Communicating

To be a successful designer, a lot of communication is needed between different parties. There are for example, clients, users, enterprises, engineers from other disciplines, just to name a few. It is also necessary in making your design clear during presentations.

During the project I took the responsibility to work on the pitch and more presentation related exercises.

Collaborating

As a designer, you work with a lot of people. These people are different stakeholders and experts.  The role of a designer in this collaboration is to play a dominant role in the merging of different project parts.

During he study I should not only learn to collaborate stakeholders and experts, but also with international or multidisciplinary stakeholders and experts.  As a designer I should be an effective and constructive addition to a team. When needed I should also be able to change my role to benefit the team.

During Project 1, I have tried to change my role to benefit the team. In the beginning of the collaboration I noticed that there was a dominant character. To prevent this character from deciding the bigger part of the project I changed my role to a more dominant one. This helped the group to not just accept all that was said, and made everyone’s opinion equally important.

Planning and organizing

Most design projects are time-bound and the design process is very complicated. To accomplish positive results in a project, good planning and organizing is required.

Using goals and by planning learning activities, it is possible to control my learning development. The personal development plan is a useful support to guide me in planning my learning development.

During Project 1 a great amount of planning was already decided by the design framework we got to use. However, this provided us only with deadlines, how we were going to complete this was up to us. Therefore we decided to meet semi-weekly or more. Certainly nearing the end of the project we decided to increase the amount of meetings. These meetings took often a great part of the day, in which we first talked about our progress and what needed to be done that day. Then we started working on these tasks, often individually, but always near each other, so there was always room for discussion and questions. This resulted in a very pleasant time schedule and we did not have much stress nearing the end of the project.

Dealing with scientific information

When designing, it is very normal to get inspiration from other, this can be in the form of existing products, but often times it can also be academic knowledge and sources. This information can be used to assess value to ideas and concepts.

It is my job as a future industrial designer to have a critical attitude. I should learn how to use these different (academic) sources. and build my own innovative solution or unique perspective based on those sources. Of course all the used sources should be mentioned according to the correct referencing style.

In Project 1 we did a lot of research regarding colour theories in combination with light, and the scientific substantiation of the positive results of fidgeting. We used the skills learned in the workshop ‘Dealing with scientific information’ to look for sources, assessing their value and comparing them. I learned a lot about looking for sources and that it is quite hard to find relevant sources, but I am now much more confident in doing it.

Reflecting

To learn new things, reflection is one of the most important tools. It helps to adapt to individual, societal and technological changes. It can also change your perspective. In this study three different kind of reflection are recognized. These are reflection before action, reflection in action and reflection on action. The first one is used to plan, the second to redirect and last one to improve. Reflection can be done in text, like is done on this website, and it can done verbally.

During Project 1 we reflected a lot verbally. After the feedback sessions we often discussed our progress and used that to decide in which way we would continue. These moments were very valuable to our process. They gave us a clearer image of how we should continue, and I am sure I will use this method in future projects to reflect.

 

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