A Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives. In a design process, this tactic may be used to identify biases, create flashpoints, act as a creative catalyst and/or broaden the understanding of complexities around a particular problem.


Anyone can contribute but the person, company or organisation in charge of the project decides which ideas or solutions to develop


The participants have been chosen by the authority who also decides which ideas will be chosen and developed.


There is not an authority who decides which innovations will be taken further because anyone can contribute in the process and use delivered results.


The group of participants chosen by an authority share ideas and make the decisions and contributions together.

Collaboration Workshop: Class Exercise

Using the Design Council Uk’s double diamond model of a design process, students explore a quick collaborative exercise in design.

The diagramatic proposition is a tool to identify and clarify stages of the process where collaboration is typically most beneficial.

Critical collaborative areas are during the ‘Define’ & ‘Develop’ phase.

Class Exercises: to be uploaded after  11.05.2018: 4.30 pm


Besides developing a design response, each group discussed the following through each collaboration

• radical ideas

• biases

• completely new inputs

• problems

• heirarchies

2 Sample Outcomes of One Hour Collaboratioon Workshop

Disaster Clothing Kit: Kevin, Sally & Issac

Diana, age 22 travelling to Melbourne for her holiday. Unfortunately, she got to experience the first tsunami of her life. To make sure she survives the tsunami, our group thought of a clothing kit which is portable and can save people from natural disaster such as tsunami or flood. The Kit includes 2 pieces,

  • A raincoat (life jacket) and
  • A swimming suit.

The swimming is in dark blue and contains a GPS. The GPS will send your location to the local police station when you are in danger. The raincoat is in brown and yellow. It consists of 4 functions, pull to Instantly Inflate the coat, Filter straw to allows you to drink sea water, lighting to see in dark and allow people from distance to notice you, and hat which can completely cover your head (It included oxygen for breathing underwater and sun block to protect from Ultra violence light. The raincoat is made of polyester fabric and high-tech fabric which can help the cloth to reduce impact if you are pushed by the water current. It is light and easy to store.

A minimum unisex winter clothing kit for elderly homeless, in Melbourne CBD" and "Fighting the homeless stereotype image by providing clothes that will give them a sense of empowerment: Juliet & Cindy

About the user:
The target group is the elderly homeless who are considered as the most vulnerable, having more health issue, are most likely to have been in this situation for a long time. It is also harder for them to get the basic needs.
Clothing kit:
– 6 types of clothing: Jacket, Jeans & tracksuit pants, Underwear, Shoes, Shirts, Bag
– 15 items in total (Note: a set of underwear (incl socks) was considered as one item)
The clothes can be put into 5 different categories.
1. Essential
– 5 sets of underwear, 1 multi-function bag with a water bottle. The bag is used as a storage for clothes not being worn and also has an integrated sleeping bag that is used at night.
2. Weather
– Thick jacket which has 2 outer pockets and 2 hidden pockets to keep important documents and objects such as ID card
3. Nightwear
– Same jacket and bag (from 1 and 2), a pair of tracksuit pants
4. Normal Day
– 2 pairs of jeans, 1 t-shirt (made of cotton), 1 short-sleeve shirt (made of polyester)
– 1 pair of sneakers
– Jacket (from 2)
5. Special Day/event 
– Jeans (from 4)
– 1 long sleeve shirt (made of polyester)
– 1 pair of formal shoes

Class Exercise 1: Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis), is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. “The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun.” as in “The green duck sweetly sang the dreadful dirge.”) or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.

Working in groups of 3, each person begins an illustration and 2 others complete it in linear sequence. The theme for the illustration is ‘Future Human Body’

Class exercise: 2

Working in groups of 3, each of you begins to write some text. The theme for the text is ‘An annual ritual for contemporary society’

A ritual is a well-defined sequence of words and actions designed to focus attention, establish significance, and achieve a beneficial result. Although some people think we have lost our sense of ritual, modern society makes use of many rituals to mark the beginning of significant events (baby showers, grand openings, ship launchings); the ending of life, or ways of life (funerals, bachelor parties, happy hours); the completion of important tasks or performances (graduation ceremonies, toasting successful negotiations, applause); the transition of one state or time period to another (birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, religious ceremonies like baptism/bar mitzvah/confirmation) and the making of connections (marriage ceremonies, church services, flirting). Extract from: RITUALS AND MODERN SOCIETY by Serge Kahili King

In order for a ritual to be fully effective it must fulfil four requirements:

  • It must be intellectually satisfying – it should make sense to most people
  • It must be emotionally satisfying – it needs to inspire a feeling of accomplishment /peace/contribution/spirituality/meaning
  • It must have a strong beginning.
  • It must have a strong ending.


  • Write a minimum of  50 -70 words.
  • Pass on / or email your text on to the next person.
  • They read your text and then write /another 50 words taking it in a direction they feel makes sense.
  • Each of you will in effect write 200-300 words.
  • Maximum of 4 people.
  • Each person writes one aspect of the ritual
  • No discussions before hand.