Recommendations for Design Educators and Students Who Embrace Computer Technology
In view of what the strengths and limitations of computers in education are, it is interesting to note that the utilization of technology in pedagogy has many facets of inherent benefits as well as challenges. While teachers are caught in the conundrum of teaching a generation of technologically savvy students, they must also allow them the opportunities to explore their own strengths and weaknesses with a piece of so called anti-creativity equipment. To the students, computer technology is regarded as an extension of their central nervous systems and limbs whereby automation, accuracy, expediency, presentation, execution and implementation are made possible. In this paper, I intend to explore the influences of computer technology in design education as influenced by market-driven frameworks, followed by my recommendations for design educators and students.
Keywords: Design Education, Graphic Design, Creativity, Computer Technology, Ideation
Dr. Kok Cheow Yeoh
Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University