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Innovating the Design Process – Part 1

David E. Smith
Founding Director of the Theatre Sound Design Program
School of Design & Production
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, NC

This is the first in a series of four papers. The series builds on the premise that design is not a gift but instead are processes that can be learned by anyone. It uses a university class built around observing well known designers and artists to launch a journey to tease out various universal processes and demonstrates how they can be assembled together and applied to one’s own individual creative process no matter what one’s design specialization. The paper uses examples from my own design career and from my observation of other creatives along the way. At its heart, the paper advocates that as a creative person, one can also design one’s own creative process to meet different situation and to continually evolve one’s creative self. Part I deals with the adaptable role of prototyping in the design process.

Innovating the Design Process – Part 1
Publication: USITT Current Practices and Research in Sound
March 8, 2021