UTS and Tricky Jigsaw are collaborating via Blend Week
24 November 2017 Sydney – The initiative, designed by Tricky Jigsaw and UTS, is to create students with a diversified skillset, in readiness for the complexities of current and future jobs. Blend Week will run from 20 - 27 November 2017.
The new program brings together two different streams of UTS students to create dynamic working teams. They will be tasked with developing and prototyping product, service and experience solutions.
During this intense week, interdisciplinary teams will work with human centred design processes including; rapid prototyping, persona-scenarios and storytelling to develop and communicate concepts in response to a brief prepared by NSW Department of Education. This first experiment, albeit a calculated one, will blend Product Design and Visual Communication programs to create a unique meeting of minds to tackle problems in surprising ways.
Students will work under the guidance of UTS lecturers Elisa Lee, Visual Communication and Martin Boehnel, Product Design as well as mentorship and guidance from Tricky Jigsaw.
Innovation Design Consultancy, Tricky Jigsaw is already seeing an increased demand for blended skills. Managing Director, Ben Cooper said: “Blend is aimed at creating students with T-shaped skills. Deep subject knowledge is important but a collaborative mindset and openness to other inputs helps tackle the increasingly complex business environment. University is the optimal time to start nurturing these skills. We’re extremely excited to be partnering with UTS on Blend.”
Dr Jacqueline Gothe said: “This is the first time UTS and Tricky Jigsaw will undertake Blend Week. The planning has taken two years and we intend offering this opportunity every year. We’re looking forward to what ideas and responses the student teams come up with.”
Peter Vicary said: “The Department’s purpose is to be Australia’s leading educational system and to deliver a world class experience We’ve set a brief around how the Department can better meet the needs of students and parents.”
The program will conclude on Monday 27 November 2017 with students pitching their ideas to a panel of industry experts.