Point–> Example–> Explain

October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

In this seminar with Darren we looked at techniques for when we have to blog. I found this personally both useful but also boring because I really dislike Blogging (which is ironic because I am blogging about blogging, while saying I dislike blogging).

My notes…

What you enjoy about blogging…

  • Reflecting on your work
  • The structure
  • That you can see your progress

what you don’t enjoy…

  • The format of WordPress
  • The interface on WordPress
  • Images and text together on the blog… how it never quite fits together right.
  • how it is almost never ending

what you could do to make more blog entries….

  • take photos of things that you are talking about, that you pass in the street- you can always go back and analyse the photos at a later time
  • set a time during the week

We discussed these questions in groups and compared with others our answers and then shared them with the group. and at the end we had a little homework, where in our group we had to pick out a key pout in some text that we were given and then had to analyse- point–> evidence –> explain.


The Design Problem

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today we looked at design problems with Darren and although it was a brief lecture which only asted an hour it was fairly interesting.

My notes…

Darren Raven- Tuesday lecture 21/10/14

Concurrent activities- looking at current work to better understands the brief and the project.

A day in the life- trying to approach a problem/project from another’s perspective- to challenge the assumptions and gain a new point of view.

Personas- personas act as a constant referral, helping to focus and keep the design activities aimed at a target audience.


Co-design- enables users to become part of the design process as experts of their experience building authenticity within design outcomes.

Story telling- having a clear interesting narrative within your design presentation helps keep clients and intended audience engaged.


Visibility testing- this means observing and asking a number of users about the use of existing or future design outcomes in everyday situations


  • Determine
  • Discover
  • Delve
  • Define
  • Develop
  • Deliver


IDEO + Jane Fulton Suri- (ethnography- research people through listening to their life stories) –learning form them


Thoughtless Acts- a book by Jane


How people are and how they look at the world around them

-“Things we do without really thinking”




  • Nelson
  • Copland
  • Alice

– Books on how people interact/engage with books and the technology around them.

Key Principles of Note Taking

October 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

In todays seminar we went over the key principles of note taking with Darren- He also got us involved asking us to talk to the person next to us about how we take notes so that we could compare and learn from each other, we were then asked to talk about methods of note taking that we had wrote down.

My notes…

Darren Raven- seminar 2- 17/10/14

The principles of note taking

Two key principles-

  1. Being ‘meticulous’ and accurate
  2. Being active rather than passive


  • Always take down the source when you have begun reading- so that you can find it again, otherwise you may loose the source
  • Having a clear system so that you know which of your notes are…
  1. Paraphrases of someone else’s idea
  2. Direct quotes
  3. Your own ideas
  • Make notes of page numbers, URL’s- everything. You never know what you will need to retrieve or reference

Passive note taking includes….

(Should not do this!)

  • Underlining words- doesn’t mean it’s going in…
  • Cutting and pasting from online documents
  • Trying to take down everything you hear in a lecture
  • Copying slides from a screen (use your own words)
  • Writing notes on everything you read because you are unsure what will be important.
  • Not evaluating or criticising the sources you use, but just accepting them as useful.

Creative note taking

  • Looking for questions you might have about the topic
  • Looking for connections within the topic you are studying and other topics on your course
  • Writing notes mostly in your own words
  • Recording direct quotes only when its important to have the exact words- know where/who you have got the quote form

Good note taking practice

  • Diagrams
  • Bullet point key words- be more concise
  • Review and cut out all the rubbish

Look up




Carlkleiner.com- inspiration for poster design


Look on unlearn for more poster designs.

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