– CLASS DIARY & SUMMARY MODULE 1 –

Hello!

Today, I am going to speak you about my fourth week of the English lectures. Last week, we finished the Unit 3; in this one we corrected some homework and we did some review section activities, mainly about grammar. Well, later on, the teacher told us that we could do some activities on the Internet learning platform, meaning if we had free time.

During the English session, we went to the public demonstration at University Square, so we lost an hour of class. After the demonstration, we went back to class.

Then, we started the Unit 4 which talks about Medicine. We did an oral activity and we also did an activity about vocabulary of medical terms. To finish the class, we did a listening activity about those medical terms.

On Friday, we took the Progress Test 1. The class was divided into two groups because the classroom is very small. I took the exam with the first group, at 8 o’clock in the morning (o 8 am). The exam was divided into two parts, listening and grammar. I think that the grammar part wasn’t difficult but the other part wasn’t easy.

After the exam, we had a break while the second group did the exam. Later, we came back to the class to continue with the lesson.

Them, we did a reading activity and speaking, both in pairs. Obviously, the activities were about the medicine texts. Later, we learned the differences among Future Continuous, Going to and Present Continuous. And so, we did some activities about it. For finishing the class, we did a listening activity.


SUMMARY MODULE 1: DESIGN, CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

This module talks about relation among three terms: Design, Creativity and Innovation.

The first part of this module is called ‘Definitions and Examples’.

To start with, I must say that finding a good definition of design is very complicated. Therefore, I am going to define what a good design is according to Dieter Rams. According to him, a good design is based on ten principles:

– Innovative
– Make a product useful
– Aesthetic
– Unobtrusive
– Honest
– Long-lasting
– Thorough, down to the last detail
– Environmentally-friendly
– As little design as possible

I should say that all products don’t need to have these properties to be a good design.

The creativity is defined as the generation of new ideas or concepts, which are related to good designs. This is an innate ability but it could be improved with some creativity techniques:

– Brainstorming
– Deformation and adjustment
– Analogies
– Morphological box

If you want to be a good industrial designer, you have to know these methods to create quality products.

Now, I am going to define the term innovation. It is related to the reality of ideas that we have generated using creativity.

As the other terms, Innovation also follows some principles:

–       Transposition
–       Combination
–       Abstraction
–       Discovery
–       Transformation
–       Transmogrification
–       Distillation
–       Specialization
–       Opposition
–       Provocation
–       Tantalization
–       Constraint
–       Audacity

The second part of this module is called ‘Exploring Design, Creativity and Innovation’.

It talks about the relation among the three terms before mentioned and their relation with business. Design has emerged as a key differentiator for businesses.

It must be distinguished two aspects about design:

– ‘Designer Design’, staff made to show its design. They are according to the market and generally they have an elevated price.

– ‘Quiet Design’, designed staff but we do not notice they exist.

We have to be able to distinguish innovation and invention. On one hand, an inventor uses new knowledge to create something new, perhaps an artifact, service or a piece of equipment. They are useful if they satisfy a need or desire. On the other hand, creativity is the ability to generate new ideas and being necessary to make a good design.

There are three different types of creativity:

– Technological creativity
– Economic creativity
– Artistic/cultural creativity

All of them are interrelated and they share a common process of thinking reinforcing each other.

In conclusion, I should say that these three concepts are interrelated. We need to know these two terms to create an outstanding product among the others of the same properties.

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