As I was reading and thinking about the course and what the current discourse (Poggenpohl, 218) of Graphic Design Seminar: Methodologies would be, I kept thinking how different this is from any learning experience I have had. I took classes online but never fully online where there wasn’t at least one in person meeting.
I starting remembering about how Professor Abadie kept talking about building a community with your peers. She set teams of people we would follow and I remember in the information session asking about those “blog friends”.
Wouldn’t you know that on page 221 of Design Literacy, Discourse, and Communities of Practice, they talk about building a community and how that is important for building ideas around design. It also mentioned how region and locale is important too and how having cultural and environmental differences plays a role in the sharing of ideas of design.
That lead me to think about how we have many people from all over the country and even in different parts of the world taking this class. I think that this is very cool. I always am inspired when I go new places and see things differently and I hope that reading the discussion boards and blogs I will be enlightened by how other are inspired by their own surroundings.
Designers must be able to draw on experience and knowledge from a broad range of disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities, in order to solve problems in a global, competitive market of products and ideas.
I think we will be better at achieving this because of the diversity of background and environment. Which makes me feel a little better about taking classes fully online.
Jefferson Starship – We Built This City (This was stuck in my head… we built this community? I know it’s a stretch)
Footnotes: Sharon Poggenpohl, “Design Literacy, Discourse, and Communities of Practice,” Visible Language 42  (3): 213 – 235.