Taking ideas on a journey called designing: a model for explaining design drawing to young children
In many ways this paper represents the next stage in my understanding of the way in which we use a medium such as drawing to support the mental process which we call 'designing'. At the Millennium Conference in April 2000 I was just beginning to feel confident enough in the way I see things to say so in public. A year on, the model has become crystallised, simplified and has been tried out on real children. I can now say with confidence 'It works for me'. I am now at the point of wanting to explain it to others and ask 'Would this work for you? Would you give it a try and tell me if it does?'
Applying Lakoff and Johnson's ideas in Metaphors We Live By (1980) to the activity of design, I have developed a metaphor to explain the process of using drawing for designing which will make sense to young children. When children begin to realise that drawing can be more than a c