Wednesday, 31 October 2012

DD3000 DESIGN FUTURES #8: Design Inspirations from Cultural Events

Another set of lecture notes from Joe's Design Futures module. This time we were learning about Design Inspirations from Cultural Events.

What is a Culture?
A culture is the ideas, customs and social behaviour of a particular people or society.

What are the differences between cultures?
There are several factors that can make a culture unique. These include:-

  • Customs
  • Religious Beliefs and Mythology
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Lifestyle
  • Language
  • Architecture
  • Laws
  • Technology
  • Philosophies/ Ideologies

What are cultural events?
Put simply, cultural events are customs or celebrations that are associated with a specific culture. These include:-

  • The Olympic Games
  • Halloween
  • Oktoberfest
  • Chinese New Year
  • Thanksgiving
  • Bonfire Night
  • Royal Celebrations (Weddings/ Jubilees)
  • Independence Day
  • Remembrance Day

What is the appeal to different cultures?
What do you think is the appeal of discovering and exploring different cultures?
Curiosity, expanding horizons etc.
Why is this important to our own society?
Authenticity, tolerance, multiculturalism etc.

We were then given the task of writing a pamphlet of information about Japanese culture, including their customs, beliefs, lifestyle and language. Once this was completed and presented to the group, we then had to use the information we'd gathered as the basis of a game concept. Regrettably I do not have a copy of either of these deliverables, though rest assured the game concept was absolutely insane!

Anyhow, that about wraps up this lecture. As a side-note, you may have noticed that I haven't updated this thing in a while. The truth is, we have a major hand-in this week for XB3001, so I've been focusing on finishing that. I should have that finished tomorrow, so I'll update the blog then.

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