Thinking & design

The "Thinking Design" exhibition at the University of Johannesburg considers the concept of design thinking and how it leads to the solving of a design problem.

The Thinking Design exhibition of industrial design currently on show at the University of Johannesburg unpacks the notion of design thinking, highlighting the thoughtfulness that goes into design, or the solving of a problem.

Curated by Angus Campbell, senior lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg, the exhibition features the work of Jonathan Fundudis of Snapp Design, David Holgreaves, Peter Harrison, Trevor Hollard and Rowan Margham, all alumni of the department who are still actively involved in there.

The title, Thinking Design, is an inversion of the term “design thinking” as an attempt at unpacking the process of design development. This is done by considering the various aspects of design thinking, including research sketches, renderings, development models, user-testing, engineering, development prototypes and manufacturing prototypes.

As such, Thinking Design showcases the process of design development, looking specifically at the consciously systematic and iterative processes in industrial design. Furthermore, the exhibition seeks to enlighten both design students and the broader public about industrial design, “making visible the complex process of getting to a final design ‘solution’”, Campbell says.

Thinking Design is on until Wednesday 28 August 2013.