With Dr Judith Glover and Simone LeAmon

Stories are ubiquitous – they surface and appear everywhere; we hear them, read them and watch them unfold in art as we do in life. Through narrative stories transmit messages and inspire meaning; they are deployed as fiction, parables and myth. They also locate us in time and place; committed to memory, transcribed and recounted, human experience is chronicled story by story. Significantly, it is through stories and narrative that we communicate ideas about and of the world – and, in-turn they bind us to things, people and places.

This studio will reveal how narrative and storytelling can enhance creativity and the design process. The studio will guide students through a practical research program and demonstrate how narrative can be used knowingly to inform design and designing. Whether responding to a brief, developing form, exploring material solutions or embedding greater sentiment & value in design -narrative can motivate and shape design thinking and practice.

Students will develop their own narrative rich conceptual process leading to the prototyping of objects for final presentation and submission. They will be involved in discussing design methodologies and frameworks and explore how design thinking and practice can give rise to counter-narratives – whether social, environmental or economic.  The studio lecturers argue that designers who knowingly use narrative in their design process have the capacity to tune and elicit meaning in a direct and potent way.