My courses are focused on the journey and a student’s ability to rationalize their solutions. Taking notes and recording the process is important for any designer but crucial for a student in order to reference during later projects. Throughout the course there will be class how-to overviews, then a problem is offered and individual feedback provided to each and every student. Going from work station to work station, each of my students have my undivided attention and offer them direction and feedback according to their own findings and thought processes. Never will a student receive, move this here, change this to this and add this like so, but rather encourage the student to work at their own pace to reach a solution of their own findings and receive feedback to make their own ideas the strongest they can be. Questions are asked of students throughout a project that force him/her to think and rethink their decisions and executions. I prefer the idea of implementation of ideas through work driven projects rather simply memorizing certain rules and methods. Making a poor judgment in design is welcomed as to allow a student to see why it failed as a design. How it could be reworked and strengthened by heading in a different direction, rather than simply explain what works best and never see these ideas take form in their own work.
Design is woven into the fabric our lives whether subconsciously or completely aware of its usefulness. The importance is not ignored and has the ability to move and motivate people that can capture and define moments. History helps to validate decisions a designer makes with his/her pieces and should never be taken lightly. I try and bring this ideal into the class setting where their decisions are important and serve a greater purpose than their own rationale. The solution and direction of their design will be seen by others with no explanation given as to why a design has been implemented in the manner they are currently viewing the finished piece. Creating an engaging design is important but the message it delivers must fit the narrative.