Infusing technology driven design thinking in industrial design education: a case study

Omar Mubin (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)
Mauricio Novoa (Industrial Design, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)
Abdullah Al Mahmud (Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 18 September 2017



This paper narrates a case study on design thinking-based education work in an industrial design honours program. Student projects were developed in a multi-disciplinary setting across a Computing and Engineering faculty that allowed promoting technologically and user-driven innovation strategies.


A renewed culture and environment for industrial design (ID) students emphasised seeking functionality and fidelity, user and society value over beauty and form factors alone. The pedagogical approach sought to determine the new industrial products reality with an increasing contribution by design thinking, and its associated methodologies that are currently advancing typical ID.


In conclusion, the authors propose a number of reflections as recommendations, which may be useful for educational institutions contemplating similar curriculum makeovers to their design degrees.


Our research provides valuable lessons to other design courses that wish to invigorate their curriculum with technical and design thinking-based advances.



Mubin, O., Novoa, M. and Al Mahmud, A. (2017), "Infusing technology driven design thinking in industrial design education: a case study", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 216-229.

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