|M.Sc Student||Leader-Goss Einat|
|Subject||The Effect of Experience with Materials on the Thinking|
Process, the Shape Development and the Final
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Ms. Rachel Sebba|
|Architect Bilu Blich|
This research approaches the field of Design Education, focusing on tactile-experience in the design process. The main objective of the research was to analyze information derived from working with materials and to evaluate its influence on design concepts and methods.
The central hypothesis, based on the literature review, was that practical experience with materials would effect and contribute to the design process and shape development.
To test this hypothesis, two methods were employed: the first, interviews with experienced designers-educators and the second, a multistage experiment with design students. The interviews focused on the designer’s individual process and his/her thoughts on the research subject, and served as the foundation of the experiment. The experiment with design students examined concept development and implementation in actual material. The goal was to ascertain how experience with materials affects the design process, with the independent variable being previous experience with the material and the dependent variables being the characteristics of the design process and the final product. The evaluating tool was a questionnaire, given to students and objective judges. Students related to their process and the judges to the final product.
The results showed that practical experience with materials can contribute to the design process in terms of concepts and shapes, but it can also promote a routine approach toward materials and working methods. As a result, research recommendations highlighted the necessity for reexamining design pedagogy with respect to materials, tools and methods, in order to improve the professional training of designers.