Author: Pavlina Vodenova
- STUDY MODULE „PROJECT WEEK“: THROUGH THE EYES OF STUDENTS
Competition in the educational field today brought awareness of the need of change in the manner of teaching and knowledge acquisition. It is clear that the university, as an educational and scientific institution, should follow and answer the demands of society for highly qualified and self-confident young professionals. The University of Forestry in Sofia introduced a new study module, called Project Week, in the regular curriculum for Engineering Design Bachelor Program. The module aims at increasing the skills and competence of students and preparing them for their future professional career. The paper presents the results of our experience from the past two years from the students’ point of view. Inquiries were held with the participants, students of 3rd year of study. The authors of this paper put the accent on the expectations and results of this new form of teaching.
The final results are an indicator of work done and give us the guidelines for future development towards improving the manner and conditions of work.
Keywords: study module, new form of teaching, intensive training, team work
- DESIGN THINKING AS A INNOVATION TOOL IN ORGANIZATION
The popularity of design thinking in the last few years is part of a wider debate about the role of design in business, and its place in business education. The reason for the surge in interest of the ‘methodology’ of design, is because of design potential for enabling business – and cultural – transformation, through the application of design processes to other areas. Many famous brands are experimenting with ways to embed design thinking in their organizational processes, and in using it as a company-wide innovation tool.
Keywords: design thinking, interdisciplinary approach, innovations, organizational processes
- ADVANCED DESIGN METHODS APPLIED IN DESIGN EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FORESTRY
This report will present the results achieved by Engineering Design students, Bachelor Degree during semester 6. The developed methodology is implemented in the design discipline ‘Residential Interior and Furniture Design’at the University of Forestry in Sofia, Bulgaria, and it is a part of PhD thesis entitled “IMPLEMENTING THE SYSTEMATIC APPROACH IN CHILDREN ENVIRONMENT DESIGN FOR THE CONTEMPORARY DWELLING”. The methods used in the design class are observation and analysis of results, demonstrated by students.
To make the understanding of design methodology easier and clearer, specific examples are considered. Initially, a simplified (to a certain extent) provisional design scheme is analyzed and gradually progressed to a more complex design assignment.
Keywords: systematic approach, design methods, training experiment
- FURNITURE AND INTERIOR ENVIRONMENT OF THE NATIONAL PALACE OF CULTURE: PUBLIC TRADITION ANDMESSAGE
The paper investigates the interior and furniture of one of the biggest public buildings in Sofia, built in the period 1978–1981 – the National Palace of Culture (NPC). The study is focused on the evaluation of interior design, items and zones, in relation to the design solutions of key public interiors, which were widespread during the socialist period; and follows their presentation in professional publications of the period. The aim of the paper is to reveal the visual messages concentrated in the building and its interior spaces. Thus, researching the National Palace of Culture from the point of view of architecture and interior design specific features are revealed of the development of the contemporary history of design and the arts helps to define the understanding of artistic values, as well as the evolution and preservation of the cultural heritage of the 20th century.
Keywords: NPC, interior design, socialist architecture, traditions
- OUTSOURCING IN DESIGN-PROCESS – PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES
This report reveals the essence of outsourcing as a modern business model. Depending on the field in which it is applied, outsourcing can be considered as production outsourcing and outsourcing of business processes and services. The present study is focused on the outsourcing of business processes and services. The subject of the study is the outsourcing of the design process by business organizations, through which they improve their quality, transfer risk and save money. The purpose of the report is to identify the advantages and disadvantages, problems and opportunities of using outsourcing as a business model. We consider that the research on outsourcing of design process, based on the theoretical formulations and the best practices in this area, will be of interest for researchers and practitioners.
Keywords: outsourcing, design-process, furniture design, graphic design, problems, opportunities
- HISTORY OF CHILDREN’S FURNITURE AND INTERIOR
The importance of the development of a particular society has always been the focus it has on the weaker and the more vulnerable, some of whom are children. Often the banal phrase "Children is our Future" can be heard, but there is a huge amount of truth in it. That is why everything related to their proper development – physiological, mental, physical, etc. has been and will continue to be of the utmost importance since only a harmoniously developed child could be realized as a full-grown adult.
This article will look at the historical development of children's furniture and interior in connection with this type of changes in society.
Keywords: furniture for kids, kid’s interior, history