Keep the design drawing and communication conversations going here!

A variety of topics are being presented and discussed at the DCA conference! The range varies from the value of study abroad experience in design, object drawing, discovering places through embodied representation, communicating knowledge through animations, 3-D simulations, free-hand drawing, and the images and story of Tecolutla.

Don’t let it stop there when the conference ends.  Keep the conversations going with additional posts on our shared DCA blog.

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October 1-4, 2014 Atlanta – DCA Conference is here!

The Design Communication Conference has a variety of activities for all to participate in – – – networking, paper presentations, workshops, and field trips.
Sign up soon for the reduced early registration fee. For more information, see the DCA website:

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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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