In February 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct the Theory of Design Naturally short course for the second time at the esteemed Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design. The course was attended by 14 enthusiastic first-year students of industrial design, and it spanned over two intensive weeks.
Our approach involved a balanced mix of theory and practical application. During the mornings, we delved into the theoretical background and introduced the fundamental principles of the Theory of Design Naturally. In the afternoons, we engaged in hands-on exercises, using clay to explore how these theories and principles could be effectively applied in the context of a design project.
As the teaching days progressed, I encouraged all the participants to select a simple product as a case study and tasked them with redesigning it, utilizing the principles learned during the course. They were given a couple of days to immerse themselves in the creative process, allowing their innovative ideas to take shape.
The culmination of their hard work was the final presentations of their redesigned products, which took place on a dedicated day. It was a rewarding experience to witness their growth and grasp of the Theory of Design Naturally in practice. Throughout the course, I actively engaged with the students, offering guidance and support, and eagerly listening to their insightful comments and reflections on their encounter with the theory in the real world of design.