‘World Style File’ is a unique educational project that proposes to unite design researchers and students from around the world in an international collaborative design project, using the Internet and other electronic means of communication (e.g. email, web logs – ‘blogs’). It is an example of how the Internet can be used to provide students with a valuable learning experience on a global scale.
The concept for World Style File was initiated early in 2006 by Ted Polhemus –internationally renowned ‘Style Commentator’, anthropologist, author, journalist and photographer. Polhemus is an international consultant on youth marketing and style trends and is the author of several books on the anthropology of personal style and image. Many of these books are standard texts for design students and students of cultural studies. This paper seeks to explore the ways in which participation in the World Style File project enhances research and learning, and how projects such as this might reflect a new way of developing and defining new educational methods. Involved with the evolution of the World Style File from its’ inception, the author of this paper is the World Style File project co-ordinator at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, a frequent collaborator with Ted Polhemus and a founding participant in the project.
|Keywords:||Style, Design, Research, Education, e-Learning, Internet|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Fashion and Textile Design, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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