Design Academia - 国公立デザイン系大学会議

What is the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities?

To solve the diverse and complex issues of society that have been accumulated in the 20th century, design plays an important role. The role of design – identifying the needs, exploring the solutions from various perspectives, guiding towards concrete solutions, proposing and verifying, is recognized as an effective method in all stages of the creative process.

With the increasing social role and expectations on design, we believe as the center for education and research in design studies; we need to rebuild the concept and methodology of design. As a result, the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities was established to create a new domain of academic research through collaboration with design universities in Japan and other Asian countries.

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Joint Research: Hitachi, Ltd. Design Headquarters (at the time)

Proposal for Strategic Task Execution Methods for Design Projects – Using Information Design as an Example This proposal aims to use the concepts of “understanding characteristics of design projects” and “extracting success factors and risk hedging factors” to inform its research purpose, which is to establish which methods allow design projects to be executed in a strategic manner in line with the basic management processes of strategy formulation. In “Characteristics of Design Projects,” items for evaluation have been collected and organized based on past research into R&D, with 17 classifications of strengths and weaknesses (Table 1) and 13 classifications of opportunities and threats (Table 2) for an overall total of […]

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Design Development for the "Student Study Notebooks" Industry-academia Collaboration Project(Received the Good Design Award in 2017/2020)

This article is about a project jointly developed by Kyushu University and a local company. This joint study is the development of the design of a “student’s notebook for studying” in which students design a notebook that students really want. This study was conducted by the Kyushu University Faculty of Design’s Sugimoto Laboratory with Sanko Co., Ltd., a comprehensive printing business that is based in Imari, Saga Prefecture.This notebook was designed by the students themselves, and as such the project was undertaken as part of an industry-academic collaboration project, where students from Kyushu University’s Faculty of Design and Graduate School of Design participated. The three notebooks developed in 2016 and […]

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Distance Learning and "Humanization of Technology" at Kyushu University

COVID-19 and “Humanization of Technology” Behind the “humanization of technology” as the founding philosophy of the Kyushu Institute of Design is an urgent need for the appropriate use of science and technology for the realization of people’s well-being in order to solve the various social problems associated with the rapid economic growth. Today, fifty years later, we are facing serious social issues brought about by a pandemic, and the important task is to overcome these difficulties and restore human life through “humanization of technology”.   How did Kyushu University Faculty of Design Respond? Due to the impact of COVID-19, which has been spreading since the beginning of 2020, Kyushu University […]

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Kyushu University, Takagi Co., Ltd., and National Institute of Technology - Kurume College collaborate on "IoT in Our Lives," a joint design engineering project

The Akita Laboratory of the Faculty of Design at Kyushu University carried out a joint design engineering project in 2018 and 2019 as part of their education and research activities together with product designers and engineers from Takagi Co., Ltd., experts in electrical and electronic engineering from the National Institute of Technology – Kurume College, experts in system design engineering from Kyushu University, and students in the design strategy department. This project explores the ideal form of the IoT (Internet of Things) in our daily lives from the perspective of both design and engineering, with the purpose of proposing “ways of feeling” and products which enable us to feel the […]

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