I am thinking about my soon to be posted task #1. I have been reading over the course readings, and reflecting. Module 1.2 asks does design matter?

Design matters because it is inherently, as Brown notes, human-centered. Wherever we look, whatever we use whether in a macro or micro level in society – design has been at work.  History shows people who have thought differently about the world around us and changed it whether it be cathedrals, town planning, or  more personal objects. This thought, led me to ponder what the difference between design and invention is?  Surely they are closely intertwined? At its core, as our module notes state, design is the process that converts ideas into form, in its varied constituencies, whether product, service, process, model (Kuratko, Goldsworth & Hornsby 2012, 103-4).

Core reasons for needing a design process is to provide frameworks – both for the client and designer. It allows for consideration and consultation of what is technically feasible and commercially viable (Brown, 2009) with a specific focus on the user. Design thinking and progressing through a design process helps people/organisations to ‘articulate latent needs they may not even know’ (Brown, 2009, 40).

When we consider design in relation to learning spaces, it must take a prominent role. The classrooms and learning spaces I sat in as a child and young adult reflected the teaching methodology of the day. Unfortunately, some of that methodology still lingers. However, learning spaces have moved even beyond the four walls of the classroom into other public arenas both physical and virtual (online). The significance is that design looks at the interaction, connections and collaboration between users themselves and the learning ‘space’ they occupy.

Brown, T. (2009). Change by design: How design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation. HarperBusiness. p.37.

Kuratko, D., Goldsworthy, M., & Hornsby, G. (2012). The design-thinking process in innovation acceleration : Transforming organizational thinking. (pp.103-123). Boston : Pearson.https://www.csu.edu.au/division/library/ereserve/pdf/kuratko-d1.pdf