Current topics of interest in Design Communication

As we continue through the 2014 Winter Season into Spring, consider posting a topic of interest here to encourage discussion and sharing of ideas.  Looking forward to reading what issues you think are at hand in the field of design communication.

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DCA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia Oct 1-4, 2014

Plan for the DCA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 1-4, 2014. Here is the link to the Conference:

There is a call for abstracts for presentations on the website.   Looking forward to seeing you all there!

For those who enjoy sketching out in a group, see the next World Wide SketchCrawl 43

Saturday April 19th, 2014 The second global drawing marathon of 2014 is in April! Are you ready? Name the place where you will be sketching…  Check out the website for a location near you, or create a group and post.

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Travel and Design Communication

Reflecting on Summer Travels and Integrating Experiences with the New School Year.

Often during the summer, with extended time between major studios and when not employed, students and faculty often choose to travel to enhance their experience of environments and  to learn more about the diversity of places that our world contains.  With this increased global perspective, students and faculty return from their travels, and a question is raised: how do they integrate what they learned into work during the school year?  Many ways can be considered. The travel experience can be actively and consciously applied to studio concepts or history courses; enhance critical thinking through reflection on the experience; or as a reference/resource when needed depending on the nature of the recording device used for that travel experience.

One thought to consider for this month’s DCA BLOG DISCUSSION is the impact of travel on students and faculty in design.  For this, how is that travel experience recorded (memory, online, photographs, notebooks) and how then is it used later?

One recording of travel experience that is used by many are travel journals and/or sketchbooks. The last two DCA OPPORTUNITIES Newsletters had articles about travel recordings in journals and sketches.

Henry Sorenson, Montana State University, published an excerpt of his India Travel journal in the DCA Spring 2013 Issue. Do take a look at “From Henry Sorenson’s Travel Journal leading Montana State University’s Foreign Study Program in India.”

In the DCA Winter 2013 Issue, Brian Dougan, American University Sharjah, published some travel sketches “Drawing History in Italy,” and he noted:  The work of fourteen students was never intended to be publically displayed, nor was its goal to be appreciated in terms of technical prowess. Each drawing is a relationship between the drawer and the drawn resulting in a discovery of understanding. We were in Tuscany to collect experiences. The drawings each student produced are the means and evidence of this Tuscan adventure.”  For more, please see the DCA Newsletters.

What are your thoughts on the use of journals/sketchbooks during travel and what is the impact of travel and the journals as a type of design communication on the work of students and faculty during the school year?

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40th World Wide SketchCrawl – join in

To keep your skills at sketching challenged, join the 40th World Wide SketchCrawl this weekend on Saturday, July 13.  Let the DCA group know what you are up to.  Perhaps you have other summer sketching events that you are involved in.  Post here to share updates.

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39th World Wide SketchCrawl – 13 April 2013

Do check out the posts from the 39th World Wide SketchCrawl this Spring from around the World.  So inspiring.  Do you have any group sketching activities?  And how does that work for you.   Frank Ching’s  group ones are always impressive. He has a Seattle Workshop in May –

Let us know your events too.

39th World Wide SketchCrawl Forum

Stevens Point post

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Types of Design Communication Are Endless

March 2013 Global Communication

The types of design communication are endless and only limited by what we decide to focus on.  An interesting event happened this month that overlaps with another kind of design communication, shared with the public – the use of the buildings and making a statement.

One week ago was the celebration of Earth Hour.  For this one hour event, landmarks across the earth participated in communicating a message about environmental conservation through turning out lights.  From the Sydney Opera House, the Petronas Towers to the Brandenburg Gate, the Empire State Building and LAX 100-fo0t Gateway Pylons, the absence of their lights raised awareness for the environmental outcomes generated  by people across the world. As a type of communication, it involves the design of our land.  It is turning off what we  have turned on – another type of communication by design.

There are many options for design communication, starting with free-hand concept sketches and diagrams to the use of signage and lights in buildings.  This blog is another example of design communication and sharing our ideas on methods to communicate and it also has potential to reach out world-wide for participation.  It is using an electronic medium, the Internet, to bring together ideas about the way we communicate design and how design communicates.

How we use communication, and design communication, makes the society we are.  Feel free to post to this blog about topics of your interest to share with our DCA members and others.

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Design Communication – Student Portfolios

As we start up the Spring 2013 semester, students are preparing design portfolios for graduation in May and employment interviews, and for retention reviews.  This could make a lively discussion to start this new year for our DCA blog.  Take a moment to share your thoughts on physical and electronic design portfolios.  What are the best sites for showing ePortfolios?  Looking forward to a good discussion!

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