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2018 Perspectives Video Shorts
Points of Departure: Launching the Creative Design Process
The word “create” means to bring something into existence. The Middle English meaning of “create” interestingly implies “to form out of nothing.” Taking this into consideration, for some students, the beginning of a project is an invitation to infinite possibilities and for others it signals a moment of terror. How one summons courage to make the first mark, to navigate “a blank piece of paper,” remains a mystery for many. Furthermore, how does one move from that first sketch to a fully realized three-dimensional design solution? As educators we understand thinking through making as the foundation of the creative design process.
St. Bernard's Church - The Unconventional Space
As the cultural landscape of American cities and communities diversifies, expanding what has traditionally been the historic canon in interior design is crucial, both for the education of global citizens and for the relevance of interior design scholarship and practice to a multicultural world. This is particularly pertinent given projections that by 2040, 40% of the population of states such as Minnesota, will be people of color and much of that growth is expected to come from international immigrants. In undertaking this endeavor, interior design educators must move beyond the comfortable and the familiar and employ tools that can push the boundaries of knowledge and reveal insights about “the other” that could remain hidden through conventional approaches. One such tool is digital storytelling, which provides an alternative mode of representation, one that is flexible and adaptable. Through digital storytelling, the lived experiences of immigrants and minorities can be given a voice, exposing differences and biases and translating into mediums for dialogues around the role interior designers can play in combatting marginalization and inequality. This submission shares a digital story created in Design and Globalization, a required interior design course at the University of Minnesota interior design program. The course’s purpose is to explore the role of interiors in the production of culture, identity, and difference. In teams, students immerse themselves in the community and engage with one of the immigrant and minority groups in our area. Using interviews with community members, video, photography, historical archives, sound, music, graphic design, and script writing they transform into storytellers who employ interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks to unravel place-making processes.
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