Strokes Of Genius? The Serious Craft of Crazy Golf

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Strokes of Genius is a 6 hole crazy golf course built from upcycled materials. Designed, produced and operated with students from Level 5 of the Graphic Design and Illustration course at Teesside University, it was initiated as both a live, problem-based design experience and pedagogic research project. The course was installed for upwards of 12,000 people at Deer Shed Festival in North Yorkshire. Over 4 days the course had in excess of 3,000 unique plays.

This paper presented the project, reflecting on the challenges and benefits in the context of changing student profiles and approaches to Graphic Design education. It discussed how the experience enabled the development of a flexible and diverse understanding of design processes including physical making, iteration, testing, user journeys, collaboration, interaction, play and manual lifting. It also concluded that the project had raised student’s personal expectations and confidence in their ability to network, adapt and learn.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2018
EventW__CHCRAFT?: Exploring Notions of Craft Within Contemporary Graphic Design Education - Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20187 Sept 2018


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Bibliographical note

This paper forms a new, separate and discussion based outcome which draws on the project 'Strokes of Genius.' It is not simply a republishing of the existing outcome.


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