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The Design Decision Trail: A Student Design Project Narrative, Tutorial Tool and Route to Employability

The Design Decision Trail: A Student Design Project Narrative, Tutorial Tool and Route to Employability

Year: 2012

Section: Professional Perspectives for Design Students

Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen

Author: Derek Howard Attenburrow

Series: E&PDE

Institution: The University of Northampton, United Kingdom

Section: Professional Perspectives for Design Students

Pages: 737-741

ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0

Abstract

This paper describes the invention, development and subsequent inclusion of a design decision trail in undergraduate and postgraduate design courses at the University of Northampton. The design decision trail focuses on personal growth, academic development, reflective approaches to study and potential employability. The design decision trail is created by the student as a visual narrative of their design project, which captures the signposting and timing of critical design decisions. This can be utilised in tutorials as a tool through which students and tutors can reflect on the student’s performance and provides an opportunity to undertake formative assessment in an innovative and individualised style. A successful design decision trail can reflect the knowledge, understanding and progression of the student as their decision trail unfolds. It can also highlight their problem solving techniques by pinpointing where they altered or added to the design. The immediacy of a visual design decision trail allows for the sharing of information with staff, peers and potential employers.

Keywords: Design decision trail, creativity auditing, project narrative, reflective learning tool, employability

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