"Sequential processes like scenario building, storyboarding, paper-prototyping, simulation of use, etc. enables student to generate their own mind-map through design process".

~External Lecturer at METU~

​​​​​​​GOAL
The objective of ID363 & ID364 VISUAL NARRATIVE IN DESIGN I​​​​​​​ & 2 is to develop student’s abilities to understand the understructure of designed products by familiarizing them with concepts of visual narrative processes as a deciphering tool. It is intended to provide students with basic concepts and thinking tools of visual narrative in realizing their design projects in a more holistic manner and to help them develop individual approaches and styles with a designerly way of thinking.
Analyzing and understanding design as end-product presents some difficulties. This is because finished forms give less information about the designer’s mental progress and actions during the design process. Basic stages towards the final decision appears in an encrypted format in most cases that conceals motive, product scenario, structure of relations, data construction, information design and related decisions about product. On the other hand analyzing design in its temporal sense might give more information about the process. That is because sequential process of a product involves not just a closed system of decisions but also the path of elements and stages that convey information about the hidden design clues at the end. 
To achieve this, design examples of more sequential and active nature will be employed relying on the information that the products can more easily be understood when they have a perceivable progress in which they convey information about their construction and structural principles. These examples will be explored through the analyzing methods for sequential works which has a use of deconstructing visual, verbal and virtual codes of design. (ex. structural analysis.) The analytical deduction in result will be discussed and explored through generative exercises which study the progressive nature of design products.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Design.
The design studio courses, taking 12 hours per week each semester, constitute the core of the undergraduate education at the Department of Industrial Design. These courses, which aim to deliver professional education via hands-on practice, are conducted in a studio environment. 


ROLE
I was an external teaching staff who started the VISUAL NARRATIVE IN DESIGN as a Course at the Department of Industrial design and taught the course for its first 3 years between 2003 and 2006.

Acknowledgements
I would like to thank to Asst.Prof.Dr. Aren Kurtgozu & Prof.Dr. Gulay Hasdogan for their support.

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