‘Please tell me about an idea you would love to realise’

– an exploration of abandoned ideas in design education




Emneord (Nøkkelord):

Abandoned ideas, risk, failure, care, design education


Choosing to pursue one design idea usually requires leaving several others behind. As a design teacher, I have experienced this at close range making me curious about what design students choose not to do and why. In this study, I look at my students’ design ideation from the perspective of care and look at the reasons for them abandoning their design ideas. Through this perspective, I will probe the role that the notion of risk plays in students’ management or processing of ideas. The findings are based on an empirical study using students’ reflections on abandoned ideas as data. Such explorations can bring some of the regulations that students are subjected to into the foreground, thus exposing how the edu­cational system and teachers like myself affect the students’ sense of freedom, hampering their ability to experiment with their ideas. Creating awareness about students’ abandoned ideas in new and attentive ways can play an active role in strengthening the students’ contact with and ownership of their hopes and motivations. This can make a difference in the ongoing negotiations, re-negotiations and struggles about what good design education ought to be.


Vibeke Sjøvoll, OsloMet

Institutt for produktdesign
Fakultet for teknologi, kunst og design


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Box with text: Abandoned ideas.




Hvordan referere

Sjøvoll, V. (2022). ‘Please tell me about an idea you would love to realise’: – an exploration of abandoned ideas in design education. FormAkademisk, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.4513




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