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How can scientists and designers find ways of working together? A case study of playful learning to co-design visual interpretations of immunology concepts (2022)
Journal Article
Macdonald, I., Malone, E., & Firth, R. (2022). How can scientists and designers find ways of working together? A case study of playful learning to co-design visual interpretations of immunology concepts. Studies in Higher Education, 47(9), 1980-1996. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.2020745

In UK HE institutions there is a growing realisation and appreciation for academic disciplines to seek research partners beyond their own subject (QAA. 2018. Enterprise and entrepreneurship education: Guidance for UK higher education providers. Acces... Read More about How can scientists and designers find ways of working together? A case study of playful learning to co-design visual interpretations of immunology concepts.

Work on the move: mobilities of creativity and design ideation (2021)
Thesis
Firth, R. Work on the move: mobilities of creativity and design ideation. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2811275

This thesis focuses on the development of original design ‘ideation’ processes (the formation of ideas or concepts) set within the context of both commercial museum and exhibition design contracts and product design pedagogic research. Taken together... Read More about Work on the move: mobilities of creativity and design ideation.

Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. (2021, June). Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries. Paper presented at Assessment in Higher Education (AHE) Conference 2020, Manchester

This paper focuses on students’ use of a novel programme-focused feedback tool we have developed and utilised across Product Design at Edinburgh Napier University. In the context of the creative industries feedback needs to become a shared responsibi... Read More about Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries.

Case study: Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries (2021)
Book Chapter
Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. (2021). Case study: Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries. In L. Hunt, & . D. Chalmers (Eds.), University Teaching in Focus: A Learning-centred Approach. (2). Australia: Routledge

Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. (in press). Case study: Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries. In L. Hunt, & . D. Chalmers (Eds.), University Teaching in Focus: A Learning-cent... Read More about Case study: Supporting and enhancing student agency in feedback processes: using a novel feedback tool in the creative industries.

Feedback Stamp (2018)
Physical Artefact
Cochrane, R., & Firth, R. Feedback Stamp. [Wooden Stamp]

Simple feedback stamp to provide incremental feedback on work-in-progress in the art design context.

Carousel: a study on collaboration within a small international design community of practice and its impacts on delivering ‘one week’ exchange experiences (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Stoltenberg, E., Firth, R., & Taks, M. (2017, September). Carousel: a study on collaboration within a small international design community of practice and its impacts on delivering ‘one week’ exchange experiences. Paper presented at 19th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE 2017), Oslo, Norway

To prepare students for their future careers in a globalizing society, several large-scale higher education student and staff exchange programmes focus on international collaboration. The organisation and duration of such programmes can often be a ba... Read More about Carousel: a study on collaboration within a small international design community of practice and its impacts on delivering ‘one week’ exchange experiences.

Using Moving Image to Facilitate Storytelling as an Ideation Methodology and a Platform to Enhance the Integration of International Student Cohorts Within HE Product Design. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Firth, R., & Stoltenberg, E. (2016). Using Moving Image to Facilitate Storytelling as an Ideation Methodology and a Platform to Enhance the Integration of International Student Cohorts Within HE Product Design. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16) (362-367)

The use of moving image within HE Product Design education is increasing. Here, film is commonly used as a tool for the presentation of concepts or finished objects, as an instructional tool, and in user observations and research. Iteration technique... Read More about Using Moving Image to Facilitate Storytelling as an Ideation Methodology and a Platform to Enhance the Integration of International Student Cohorts Within HE Product Design..

Work on the Move: mobile and nomadic working methodologies. (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Firth, R., Jennings, T., Cochrane, R., Taks, M., & Van de Graaf, P. (2016). Work on the Move: mobile and nomadic working methodologies.

‘Work on the move’ is a design, process-driven methodology, which uses multiple locations within an outdoors setting and movement between locations, all of which function as learning places, confined to a specified time period. Between 2012 and 2015... Read More about Work on the Move: mobile and nomadic working methodologies..

Do not press undo (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Firth, R. (2016, November). Do not press undo. Paper presented at 2016 IJADE conference Drawing, University of Chester

Do not press undo I believe an authentic sketchbook shows ‘the scars of ones thinking’. Not all pages need to present fully resolved solutions. I am interested in what happens to the documentation of one’s thought process when we shift from thi... Read More about Do not press undo.

Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE Product Design (2016)
Journal Article
Firth, R., Stoltenberg, E., & Jennings, T. (2016). Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE Product Design. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 35(3), 327-336. https://doi.org/10.1111/jade.12109

The world is facing environmental changes that are increasingly affecting how we think about manufacturing, the consumption of products and use of resources. Within the HE product design community, thinking and designing sustainability’ has evolved t... Read More about Using an Outdoor Learning Space to Teach Sustainability and Material Processes in HE Product Design.

Sand Casting on the Beach - Introducing Traditional Making Skills, Materials and Process through Play and Experimentation. (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Firth, R., & Stoltenberg, E. (2015, September). Sand Casting on the Beach - Introducing Traditional Making Skills, Materials and Process through Play and Experimentation. Paper presented at 17th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION

Within the higher education (HE) product design field, many researchers stress the importance for students to recognise and value the relationship between practical 3D object-making experience, and experimenting with process and materials. Given the... Read More about Sand Casting on the Beach - Introducing Traditional Making Skills, Materials and Process through Play and Experimentation..

Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears? (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Macdonald, I., Firth, R., Foster, M., & Zhou, V. (2014). Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears?.

This paper explores the reception and analysis of different methodologies in an inter-disciplinary pedagogical collaboration involving Design and Business academics and their students. The authors examined the learning experiences of students (origin... Read More about Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears?.

Re-constructing “culture of learning” – international student experiences in China and the UK. (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Foster, M., Macdonald, I., Firth, R., & Zhou, V. (2014). Re-constructing “culture of learning” – international student experiences in China and the UK.

Following previous Teaching Fellows funding to undertake a joint research project between Business School and the School of Arts & Creative Industries we would like to present our findings at the HEA Annual Conference this year. Using the results fro... Read More about Re-constructing “culture of learning” – international student experiences in China and the UK..

Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014 (2014)
Book
Lambert, I., Firth, R., MacLeod, M., Forster, S., Innes, M., Winton, E., …Titley, W. (2014). Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014. Edinburgh Napier University

Editorial -Welcome to the third issue of the Journal for Design Practice & Research. The last 18 months has been an extremely busy time for us. We have continued to grow as a team, with new members joining, and our work grows ever more diverse. We h... Read More about Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014.

Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 2, 2012. (2012)
Book
Lambert, I., Firth, R., Forster, S., Innes, M., Macdonald, I., MacLeod, M., …Winton, E. (2012). Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 2, 2012. Edinburgh Napier University

Since the publication of the first issue of our journal twelve months ago our team of creative practitioners and academics has expanded (see pages 32-39), as has our work with industry and the public sector. We have worked on several more SFC Innovat... Read More about Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 2, 2012..

Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 1. 2011 (2011)
Journal Article
Lambert, I., MacLeod, M., Firth, R., Winton, E., Dean, M., Innes, M., …Titley, W. (2011). Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 1. 2011. Journal of Design Practice and Research, 1, 1-40

What is design and what are designers? Good design can change lives and improve services within the public, private and third sectors. Designers are creative problem solvers who can make ideas visible and tangible, using a unique set of skills and st... Read More about Journal of Design Practice and Research Volume 1. 2011.

Projects for Multi-Disciplinary Teams: Engaging Students across Design Disciplines in a Shared Undergraduate First Year Curriculum. (2010)
Conference Proceeding
Lambert, I., & Firth, R. (2010). Projects for Multi-Disciplinary Teams: Engaging Students across Design Disciplines in a Shared Undergraduate First Year Curriculum.

On undergraduate design courses at Edinburgh Napier University, two thirds of the first year curriculum is shared. Working in open studios, students are able to gain awareness of each others’ modes of practice and the common skills that transcend dis... Read More about Projects for Multi-Disciplinary Teams: Engaging Students across Design Disciplines in a Shared Undergraduate First Year Curriculum..

Projects for multi-disciplinary teams: engaging students across design disciplines in a shared undergraduate first year curriculum. (2010)
Presentation / Conference
Lambert, I., & Firth, R. (2010, May). Projects for multi-disciplinary teams: engaging students across design disciplines in a shared undergraduate first year curriculum. Paper presented at Cumulus 10: Borderline - Pushing Design over the limit., Genk, Belgium

On undergraduate design courses at Edinburgh Napier University, two thirds of the first year curriculum is shared. Working in open studios, students are able to gain awareness of each others’ modes of practice and the common skills that transcend dis... Read More about Projects for multi-disciplinary teams: engaging students across design disciplines in a shared undergraduate first year curriculum..