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I Am A Product Design Student And I Need Help!?

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I'm currently studying product design in my 2nd year and have been given a 2000 word essay to complete. The essays title is 'Why do you design?' I know why I design but I don't see how I can write 2000 words on it. We are meant to include roughly 10 to 20 references as well but don't know what to reference that would be relevant. Any help given about what books I should read or how I should structure it would be greatly appreciated.

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I would break it down into different segments of why you like design. Start out with the principles and then work your way through the different styles of design. Best thing to remember is to break it down into different segments, so it is easier to take in instead of always thinking of "I need 2000 words". Lastly, you can always ask your school for help as well.

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Remember when writing an essay you need to back up everything you talk about with references and examples that validate your points, views, reasons. You can use resources such as http://scholar.google.co.uk/ to get you started. Also my Uni has a resource called summon which searches through multiple databases for papers, books etc. It's also assembles your references, which is a massive help. Ask You library what resources they have, i'm sure they have something similar.

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Hello guys,

 

I am agree with Sethcalls. The main goal of an essay, is not only to say "i need 2000 words"... This sentence is just for say to have a critical mass of arguments about your position in design field; with an objective (but personal) point of view.

I know that professors like to have references like Kieron-Scott said; for have done an art school and after design in university. But don't abuse if you don't want minimize your point of view...

 

If it can help you, MY point of view about design is not to do an object for an object. It's a media to translate an interaction between a needs (cut a meat with a knife; for example) and an user.

To take another example, if you take a canvas (with the most beautiful concept that you want like a Picasso); alone it's nothing... It need an interaction / a link with a person to exist...

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I'm not saying overload with references, but if your going to state a fact make sure you back it up, Personal opinion is something completely different. Make sure you express clearly your own opinion, and i guess when they say they want references they want you to reference the kind of things that have inspired you.

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