Integrating real-world problems into an undergraduate information design course
Design courses teach a broad range of skills to prepare students for the increasingly complex and interdisciplinary situations they will face as designers. This article describes how students in a senior, capstone design course worked on a real-world project, the Communicating Pain Project, under the aegis of their university’s Center for Design in the Public Interest. The project combined case-based learning and service learning. In this article we explain how the integration of the center’s project into the classroom was accomplished, report on how it worked, and offer some thoughts on its contributions to information design pedagogy.
Keywords: design research, information design, Orphan Projects Design Initiative, public interest design, design pedagogy, design for understanding
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