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Monday, February 29 • 14:00 - 17:00
Making it Happen LIMITED

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While technology is an essential and integrated aspect of our lives and while accessible and customizable open-source products (such as Arduino) make it possible for designers to grasp technology into the development of the next big things, there is still a gap to reach in terms of preliminary stages of the design process: sketching (with technology), within technology education in the design school setting. There is no consistency in how to educate design school students on technology, to make them use it in the design process itself, especially electronics and physical computing sketching and rapid prototyping in order to develop non-screen interactions (wearables and IoT courses). 

Teaching: hands-on learning and practice these, is based on problem-focused processes aka analytic thinking, which design students might not be used to. Design students sometimes end up feel limited by technology: a kit they practiced with, a language they were taught or process; and/or would choose to *design* technology, rather practically challenge it, to its boundaries and limitations: work with technology as a raw material. 

Part of it has to do with the way these subjects are being taught and the need to find a way to make them accessible for designers as other tools and materials they use to sketch their ideas. At the same time, there are more and more makers communities and opportunities (such as hackathons), and we see more and more designers taking advantages upon these. Thus, I suggest to find ways to teach *making* and build curriculums which are based on the makers-thinking, that will reflect what makers do: using traditional processes on new and smart materials, use traditional materials in new and advanced processes, creatively think of ways to combine and question tools, processes, techniques and materials to solve a problem or define a new one.


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Sarit Youdelevich

Sarit Youdelevich holds a Master from ITP (Interactive Telecommunication Program), at NYU, dealing with interactivity and the connection between technology and design. She is a UX designer and researcher, game designer, shoe designer and a lecturer at Bezalel, Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem. Her classes at Bezalel combine technology, arts and design at the interdisciplinary division and at the M.des program. Earning programming skills at... Read More →


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