Situational Awareness

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The ability of a designer to understand context; the risks, opportunities and possible outcomes in a design situation based on an understanding of roles, expectations and participant backgrounds. Using this understanding to think ahead about what could happen next.

Case Studies

  • Alternative Futures

    Alternative Futures

    Hazal Gumus Ciftci Arizona State University ‘Wearable Technologies for Well Being’ is a project for which the students first gather trends and imagine futures, to then set limitations and criteria for design development. The project invites students to critically think about emerging technologies and the future, as students are expected to develop an understanding ofContinue…

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  • Senses and Empathy

    Senses and Empathy

    Tarmo Karhu Turku University of Applied Sciences, Design Engineering, 1st year In a user-centered design course, students were given an exercise to better understand their experiences of different senses and develop their capacity for empathy. Students were being organized in three-person groups and instructed to plan and visualize a route that takes them around differentContinue…

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