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16 February 2012

Good and Not-so-Good (Yet) Design Journal

Good Piece of Work
A good piece of work is meaningful. It is clear and is produced with clear objectives. The process from 'need' identifications to the completion of the product or a prototype is informative and lively. The piece of work shows the unique character of the person and his approach to solving the design challenges or opportunities he has identified.

To do this, you need to first have the desire for quality work, and secondly, in addition with adequate dialogues with your teachers, to continuously refine the best approach for your coursework. You may end up having to do less that you expected.

Difference between Facilitation and Spoon-Feeding

You also need to understand the difference between being 'facilitated' and being 'spoon-fed'.

Spoon-feeding is easy. Being 'facilitated', you need to do some thinking and analysis on your own for things to work.

You will expect questions being asked about your approach, your rationale of doing things in a certain way, etc. The objective is to tease out your understand and your 'style' and approach and then to lead you to make progress. Basically, you are being 'helped' to arrive at 'what is right or wrong, 'what to do now', 'what to do next' or 'some possible solutions' on your own through 'facilitation'.

Not-so-Good (yet) Piece of Work
On the other hand, mediocre pieces of work usually lacked rationales and evidences on why things are done they way it is. Researches and contents are touch and go - with the mindset of doing work just to get by. Usually the sections within the journals from one design stage to the other hardly flow from one to the next. Nor are they being 'arrived at' from the previous sections. The requirement to think to work things out is quite a chore.

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