In today’s society, students are more technically connected than ever before. Unfortunately these same students are missing out on more meaningful personal interactions, which affects not only their emotional state, but their learning networking capacity. Ripple addresses this by providing a sense of ambient connection, and a new avenue for students to interact with their peers. Not only this, but while working from home, they can personalise their environment to suit their needs for study.
The industrial design studio is constantly changing. Over time, industrial design students have had their time in the studio decreasing. This is happening while all students are experiencing an increasing shift to working and studying from home.
However, what is generally not considered is the impact that this change has on industrial design students’ learning experience, both directly and indirectly.
The research done for this project explored the different factors that can impact on industrial design students’ learning experiences. Although the design studio has long been the standard form of pedagogy for industrial design education, the expansion of higher education in recent times has been changing the nature of the design studio. Research into this topic is fairly limited, however the literature that is available generally agrees that due to the changing nature of the studios, the studios as they are now are actually negatively impacting on the students involved. The research was used to identify possible opportunities for the development of a product that can be used to enhance the industrial design learning experience.
Throughout her years at uni, Maddy has learnt to create intuitive designs for use in multiple contexts and for different people. She has proactively engaged in her course, and is looking forward to being able to apply those skills to the real world, while also still learning and improving her industry knowledge.