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Design School Confidential: Extraordinary Class Projects From the International Design Schools, Colleges, and Institutes

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Every great design school in the world is defined, in part, by the work of its students at any given time. The various project challenges given to a class determine the success of a school’s pedagogy, but also the ingenuity of its faculty and students. This book features fifty real-world class assignments from top design programs at universities around the world, and exami ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Rockport Publishers (first published 2009)
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Andrew Klem
Mar 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was okay, but it was not one of the better Art books I've read. The discussions of student work lacked much depth, and I'm not sure that I learned anything from the book.
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+++ Overall, inspiring: we should do this kind of books for more domains.
+++ Excellent idea: we keep seeing finished designs, or at best a selection of proven sketches that we know led to success, but wouldn't it be interesting to see the basic elements of teaching and the first exploratory steps of students? I know it is for me, a most amateur designer.
++ Good approach: the authors select 53 projects from around the world. Each project is an assignment given by a design school
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