Establishing design thinking : accident, program frameworks and personal practices

Morris, Paul (2012) Establishing design thinking : accident, program frameworks and personal practices. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Distribution through electronic media provides an avenue for promotion, recognition and an outlet of display for graphic designers. The emergence of available media technologies have enabled graphic designers to extend these boundaries of their practice. In this context the designer is constantly striving for aesthetic success and is strongly influenced by the fashion and trends of contemporary design work. The designer is always in a state of inquiry, finding pathways of discovery that lead to innovation and originality that are highly valued criteria for self-evaluation. This research is based on an analysis of the designer perspective and the processes used within an active graphic design practice specializing entirely within a digital collage domain. Contemporary design methodologies were critically examined, compared and refined to reflect the self-practice of the researcher. The refined methodology may assist designers in maintaining systematic work practices, as well as promote the importance of exploration and experimentation processes. Research findings indicate some differences in the identified methodologies and the design practice of the researcher in the sense that many contemporary designers are not confined to a client-base but are self-generating design images influenced by contemporary practitioners. As well as confirming some aspects of more conventional design processes, the researcher found that accidental discoveries and the designer’s interaction with technology plays a significant part in the design process.

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ID Code: 61051
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Garnons-Williams, Victoria & Park, Ji Yong
Keywords: design practice models, designer self-reflection, digital image creation, compositional design, technology inspired practice
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2013 23:15
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 05:15

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