My experience as a designer, learner, educator and researcher shows me that a linear process can be an indication you are treading a path travelled before. Travelling the same path can be reassuring. So how can we walk the path with fresh eyes, always curious, alertly watching for a different image to emerge? How can we build confidence and trust to embrace what is unfamiliar and see what we’ve previously overlooked?
My aim on this research journey is to ensure it is playfully uncomfortable, avoid predefined paths and do everything to ensure the journey isn’t boringly linear. It is to see the relationship between process and outcome as cyclical.
This means with each new task I set I aim to consciously incorporate methods, tools and techniques which are unfamiliar and aim to embrace them with like an improviser does on stage.