"It was fantastic, I’m really impressed with their thinking. We always learn a lot from the students. It’s amazing how much having those fresh eyes and young brains onto problems that we’ve been dealing with for a long time, they just bring that fresh perspective and that really challenges our thinking, it extends our thinking — to really have to explain why we do things in certain ways and why things look the way that they look. We realise that we need to refresh the way we think about these things and consider other perspectives."
"I really enjoyed working collaboratively with people from different disciplines as it brought many insights into how I work as an individual in my major. When working with other people’s strengths you realise what yours are too and what you’ve brought from your major. Different perspectives were highly useful because it kept the ball rolling with ideas from different viewpoints. This meant our final design wasn’t just communication, product or spatial design, but actually an integration of all 3 that wouldn’t have been possible without the strengths of each major."
"I think for students wanting to do something a bit different, or challenge themselves a bit, cause it is a lot more self directed than like normal studio papers and you have to take initiative for quite a lot of parts."
"This paper has opened me to different aspects of design. I can see myself exploring areas of design other than Industrial. I was unsure about what to expect before this paper. I've realised that I find healthcare design fulfilling and meaningful. I would love to pursue and delve into healthcare design for my graduation project. Potentially as a career as well. Integrated studio has boosted my confidence in design more than any other paper. It’s not the same studio stuff that you always do. You get to try different things."
"It was more challenging than I expected, especially with the pandemic, but I think it was a really great opportunity for me to meet people from other design disciplines and learn how to work with other working styles and different ways of thinking and different ways of communication. It was great to do work that is related to my discipline, but was outside of what I would usually do in the studio, and something that would have a real life audience and real life purpose as well."
"I did enjoy working in the group of different design disciples, it was a great chance for myself as a product designer to show my prowess. It was a 100% unique experience, working with spatial and communication design students and being able to share my knowledge of what I learned from my major into our design process. Integrating our skills and design thinking leads us to great design concepts. Collaboration was good but could be better if we weren't not doing it online. I've learnt so much about health & well-being by taking this paper which is one of the world wide problems. I believed that we all did really well at the end."
"It’s a real test of your design practices and values, because you have to work with people from different disciplines and perspectives, so it becomes challenging at times, but I think the end result is very beneficial for myself as a designer. Although there can be hurdles and difficult situations, this project is extremely rewarding. This has been the first time I have ever felt sad to finish a project at university."
"I thought this paper was great, this unique experience is invaluable and I had learned a lot from it. Working with people from different disciplines was a bit different, people seem to think and work differently. The open brief allowed us to think and explore problems in the real-life setting. It gives me a chance to experience working a ‘real’ design project with a ‘real’ team. It has been a fun and valuable learning experience. I have learned so much more than just design skills. This paper provided me a chance to do things wrong so that I could improve next time."
"Overall I’ve thoroughly believe that Integrated Studio is driving the future of the university curriculum linking projects to more real world context as opposed to non-binary papers that don’t contribute to client delivery. It’s a real great opportunity to do something of importance and of impact within the community."
"Definitely meeting new people and being able to explore outside of our original courses that we were in. It’s definitely quite a different feel that allowed us to push our skills and abilities. I’d definitely recommend looking more into the paper, maybe all the examples that have been shown from previous years so you sort of know what to expect. It’s quite a big challenge, but I think it’s definitely rewarding in the end."
"Integrated Studio is something I’m so glad I did, it was a really unique and rewarding university experience. It allowed me to develop a successful design process and work with people I don’t normally get opportunity to interact with. Health design is definitely something I want to do as I go forward with my career."
"It was really different from normal studio work, and I found it really interesting and I have learnt so much from other students as well, and that has actually helped me build on my design skills and what I want to do for my future."
"Definitely be open minded. Don’t just be stuck in your bubble, like your thing is right, your design principles are better. Definitely be open because people have really good opinions and outlooks on things so we learn a lot."
"I love the person-centred design process and believe in its value. It has been awesome to use co-design and integrate design disciplines in this project. I’ve always thought that its such a shame that we don’t get to mingle much with other design disciplines, and I think its so important because you learn so many other different things. I don’t understand why we are segregated so much to be honest. Any opportunity you should take it. "
"I enjoyed witnessing how the creative process evolved. The students were very inquisitive and asked lots of questions about our service and our patients’ experiences. The students sought feedback on their work throughout the semester, and they took this feedback on board and adapted their designs accordingly. We were amazed at how quickly the students understood the service and the brief. The quality of the work produced was extraordinary – you’d never know we had experienced a world pandemic part-way through the semester."
"I was incredibly impressed. One of the things that I think is so exciting about having the design students come is that, just a whole other perspective, working in one area, even overall in healthcare, when you’ve been in this system, it can be really difficult to think completely outside of the box, to think from a whole other perspective. And it’s just so exciting to see their ideas and to think about it, makes you think, oh gosh, there’s all sorts of ways that we could do things differently. It sort of triggers an imagination that perhaps wasn’t even possible before they presented their projects."