In Summary

A recent collaborative, online project saw a group of Swinburne University of Technology’s Interior Architecture students work on a week-long project with students from the USA and France, to brand and design a drone docking station.

Working completely online and across different time zones, the students from Swinburne, School of Visual Arts, New York and ESAG Penninghen, Paris relied entirely on communication platforms such as Slack and other technology applications to check in their work on a daily basis.

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Titled The Never Ending Project, there was always one group of students working at any given time, with switch overs occurring every eight hours according to time zones.

In one week, the students had to consider and design the micro architecture, interior design, structure, construction, external image and branding, as well as the graphic design and branding of the drone’s:

  • Cockpit
  • Docking station
  • Man/ machine graphic interface

Project leader, Dr Dolly Daou, said that the project, which was run through the Swinburne Design Factory, gave students an insight into working in a real-life work environment.

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“The students had to work with teams in offices around the world. They had a short amount of time to bring designs through to their final stages. This is similar to a real design studio practice, which often requires designers to produce work with short deadlines for international clients.

“As a design educators and research this intensive international project heavily driven by technology gave me an insight into innovative future spaces for design education and practice. We are on the threshold of change and we should embrace these types of projects."

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