Culture specific or global design in open online design education

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This paper explores cultural variety between the design results of an open online design course attended by people from all over the world. It describes global and culture specific elements within the participant’s design projects. First, the concepts of global design (products that are easily adoptable) and culture specific design (products adapted to a local culture) are defined. Next, an analysis of the participant’s final designs and the results from a questionnaire shows that not many culture specific aspects were found. About 60 % of the participants considered their designs as global ones. However, some cultural variety could be identified regarding the participants’ contextual research results and
their design challenge formulations. The paper concludes with a discussion of the influence of global design education, and a plea for culture conscious design education
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering and Product Design Education Conference
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Culture
  • design education
  • globalisation
  • online learning
  • socio-cultural


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