STUDENTS’ IMAGINARY AND HAND-SKETCH AS PRIMARY TOOLS IN DESIGN PROCESS (INTERIOR DESIGN – OFFICES PROJECTS)
Many researches discuss the design field, creativity and invention within specialized international conferences in the arts, architecture, interior design and industrial design. This confirms the important role of design in our daily lives which meets a lot of our need to seek comfortable living ways.
As researcher, I believe, that we cannot see any product used by humans without imagining in its design, function, color, and its materials. Always we are looking for all and attracted by the shape, color and material of everything we possess. We just request the items to be of high aesthetic value and, of course, after studying its efficiency in performance and durability.
The deep point, in this research, is the weaknesses learning process in universities design courses. A clear explanation about the role of design in our practical field as goal that we are trying to achieve in our educational programs to prepare students for working life and labor market needs. As mentioned there are many research addresses the design as a career for professionals and many others dealing with curriculum design and teaching methods. From these researches, I concluded many integrated, compatible and common points, as many confuse no links or missing links in between the design process as profession and educating design to students. Research will focus on the undergraduates students within educational programs that rely on designs courses as its main objective and as the core courses recommended by all the committees of academic accreditation.
As Associate-Professor in the Department of Interior Design and through my practice in teaching interior design courses, I observed the repetition of the weaknesses in students' ability to imagine and understanding aesthetical forms and the lack of Hand-Sketch skills.
Thus the research will emphasis on study to determine the causes of these weaknesses of imagination and the link with Hand-Sketch capabilities as tool to express the student imagination in design solutions to apply the appropriate functional program for success the Interior activity in interior design projects.
The research aims to takes advantage, analyze and link between researches in the same field to identify problems in teaching design that relate to all aspects of learning in order to find appropriate solutions. A close understanding of the studies will be taken into consideration, through which as a researcher, I can realize what is happening when learning design courses, physiologically and mentally when learning occurs. A confirmation of teaching methods and theories development, as the most important intermediary goal, to achieve learning in order to develop interior design curricula and improve the efficiency and skills of the student.
The research shall pursuit the analytical method and a survey for a group of third year Interior Design students. A uniform office space has been given to the students with a free choice for the office activity, to leave the student freedom of creativity and imagination and hand-Sketch work to determine the initial idea for the appropriate design. The survey can extrapolate and analyze the weaknesses during the design stages of preparation, to reach conclusions and recommendations and the appropriate solutions to address students’ weaknesses in imagine appropriate design through Hand-Sketch ideas presentations.