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Week 4: The Design Process / Statement of Intent (ART717)

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

Week beginning: 24th October 2022

Design Thinking Process

Today's lecture on Design Thinking was insightful and helped develop my understanding of design thinking in a much more nonlinear way. Working through the PowerPoint slides and reflecting on what was being said, it became clear to me that this was indeed a similar way in which I normal work. Researching, brainstorming, experimenting and so forth, so this process was extremely familiar to me in many ways. Below, I have documented each stage in the process alongside some photographs of the process and outcomes. I have also copied some information across from the relevant slides to inform my writing and for referencing.

“Design Thinking is an interactive process in which we seek to understand the user, problem, topic and in which knowledge is constantly being questioned and acquired so it can help us redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding”

- interaction design foundation

Primary Research

Primary research involves you getting as close as you can to primary sources, through firsthand experiences. To collect information directly rather than solely relying on information collected by others – surveys, interviews, observations etc.

Secondary Research

Secondary research is information that has been provided by other researchers – journals, articles, reviews, academic books etc. which describe and interpret primary sources.

(As mentioned previously please SEE FOLDER for ongoing research)

  • Empathise- Gathering as much information as possible to help understand the problem and inform your thinking. (Documented within research folder)

  • Define- Involves combining and analysing all the gathered information through primary and secondary research. Analysing your observations and synthesizing them to define a meaningful and actionable position statement, which you will focus on solving.

  • Ideate- This stage involves using a pen and paper generating as many ideas and potential solutions as possible from which you can select.

(Some of my ideas, many are touched upon in my latest blogpost)

  • Prototype- This stage is concerned with exploration, experimentation and learning through doing and making and turning ideas into tangible solutions. Bringing your ideas to life. Investigating all the various aspects of the concept.

  • Test- Final Solution- Once an idea has been selected and sufficiently developed it is time to begin producing/creating the idea, to a final design/art solution.

I am now wanting to take this idea even further and work on a much larger scale, so this is something I will be experimenting with in the upcoming weeks.


Trees are the breath of the world, they encapsulate carbon, breathe out oxygen. They bare wood, fruit, nuts, soil, and shade. In their long lineage they embed time, a patient record of the world we as a species step in and out of barley noticed. I believe it is in their wood where one will find the record of the world awaiting. I intend to showcase a series of prints or photographic works about forests, trees, their wood, and the memory they contain, Exploring themes of nature and landscape in the process as areas of interest.


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