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Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email:

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Subject: REM - Research Methods

Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)

CLASS 04imagine


Today's Class


// aim: using senses to create

// time: 90 minutes

// final submission: group concept presentation


When you eat your favorite food, what do you feel?
Does nostalgia come into play when you see a childrens birthday cake?
Many packaging designers before they design, will actually immersed themselves with the product by eating it.
What better way to know your client that by actually consuming it.

Today you are required to design a product that has been inspired by the sense of smell and taste.
The product can be anything, but it must be able to be consumed. In groups of 4 you will create a name, a brand and overall packaging design.

3 lucky students will be required to do a “taste” test in class. The students will be blindfolded and have no idea what the product is until they taste it.

The objective of this task is for to:

// Describe the taste
// Describe how one feels when eating it / smelling it
// Share with us any memories associated with it




Main text for this subject

Smith, Keri 2008, How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, Penguin Books


Academic texts on creative research

Borgdorff, Henk 2010, "The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research" in The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, Routledge

Candy, Linda 2006, Practice Based Research: A Guide, Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, CCS Report: 2006-V1.0 November, viewed 22/11/2010 < >

Fortnum, Rebecca 2009, "On Not Knowing; how artists think – Symposium Introduction", Symposium: On not knowing: how artists think, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, < >

Gray, C. & Malins, J ,1993, Research Procedures / Methodology for Artists & Designers, < >

Smith, Hazel & Dean, Roger T. (Editors) 2010, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press





For Next Week

Keep up to date with your explorer journal. Remember to add the following each week:

  1. A colourful and creative mindmap of the word of the week (one page)
  2. Find an article that you find interesting and write a 100 word reflection on it. (What did you like, did not like etc) Make sure you paste a copy of the article in your journal (two pages)
  3. A photo you have taken yourself that you find interesting. Make sure you date it, tell us its location and why you took it. (two pages)
  4. A treasure discovery. Find something from the urban landscape of Melbourne and place this in your journal. 

    Tell us why you find it interesting. (two pages)
  5. ALL Notes/examples of your weekly class activity.