The boulevard of inspiration : making design education tempting, experiential and personal

C.C.M. Hummels, C.J. Overbeeke, R. Wormgoor

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    When we look at the developments within design over the last years, we see that experience, respect, interaction and new technology are becoming increasingly paramount. Design education needs to anticipate and respond to shifts in design, technology and society. At the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering we (re)organised design courses to fit these changes, and called this new set-up The Boulevard of Inspiration. The Boulevard is based on respect for and engagement of individual students and tutors. It tempts tutors from various backgrounds to establish their own shop offering their specialist knowledge, skills, experience and passion. The Boulevard offers a rich, diverse and tempting spectrum of topics at different Bazaars, in order to gain rich, divers, personal, experiential, tempting, innovative design solutions. The students can unrestrictedly compose their own programme based on their interests and design assignment, thus acquiring skills and passion for self-directed lifelong learning. Together with the Market Place and several Design Houses, this set-up educates student’s senses and enables them to crystallize their view on society and design. Moreover, it supports both students and tutors to explore and invent new design methods, tools and techniques. Finally, the Boulevard shifts the focus from creating products to creating contexts for experience and aesthetics of interaction. In this paper we will show with an inquiry of the course Form Theory 1, that designing contexts for experience using the Boulevard of Inspiration seems a tempting, rewarding and feasible concept for contemporary design education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntegration of knowledge, kansei, and industrial power : 6th Asian design international conference, Tsukuba, 14-17 October, 2003
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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