Through series of Giga mapping (Sevalsdon, B. 2011) posters produced at a graduate level design seminar course at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), I aim to discuss the application of Giga mapping approach in teaching systems thinking to design students.
The assignment was a three-week project asking students create i) 1,000 words non-fictional essay of a thing’s narrative as non-human actants (Latour, B, 1992) (Tonkinwise, C, 2006) and ii) a Giga map illustrating the thing’s interrelationships in the developed narrative. Giga mapping paper and online resources at Systems Oriented Design (http://www.systemsorienteddesign.net/) were introduced to students prior to the assignment. All students were pursuing M.A. or M.F.A. in Industrial Design or Design Management, and have at least 2 years of professional design or design-related practice.
In the poster session, I plan to give details of the assignment, showcase selected students’ works (attached), share student’s reactions to the assignments, and facilitate a conversation to advance systems-oriented design education. Based on the poster session outcome in RSD6, I wish to develop a collaborative research/paper with AHO and other Giga mapping using institutions and researchers.