Lauren and I introduced the brief, Louise gave an overview of the assessment format and then we started the workshop: What is a designer?
At this stage, the inevitable happened! When posed this question to the class, there was a sea of silence. But not for too long!
One student raised his hand: "Designers find connections between people. We are visual communicators."
What a wonderful answer!
After a quick brainstorm to get them started, the students were then split into teams of around 6 or 7 and told to brainstorm further, where I was then again astonished by another students answer: "[designers are] people who care."
The session ran very smoothly. The aim was to make students have a stronger understanding of what a designer is, but during the workshop, it was clear that they were developing their own unique and formal opinions. I believe the students went home with a stronger understanding of what a designer is, with a heightened awareness into their social responsibilities and most importantly, a distinct understanding of that the assignment is about.
Tomorrow afternoon, Lauren will be running a book club for all Art and Design students at the University. I would be thrilled if one or more of our students go.