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This course explores the use of documentation as a powerful tool to craft coherent and meaningful narratives about the design and development process. Rather than viewing documentation as mere administrative tasks or data collection, students will adopt a narrative approach to communicate their creative journey, design decisions, and project stages.

Keywords: Documentation, Storytelling, Design Practices

Learning Objectives

By embracing this perspective, students will gain a deeper understanding of how design projects evolve, fostering the ability to reflect on their work and effectively convey it to others. Utilizing documentation as a narrative logbook, students will appreciate its value as an instrument that captures the creative voyage and provides a context-rich narrative for sharing with fellow designers, colleagues, and audiences interested in the design process.

  1. Understand the concept of Documentation in design practice.
  2. Apply narrative storytelling techniques to communicate the creative process and design decisions effectively.
  3. Develop coherent and engaging narratives in the form of a design logbook.
  4. Reflect on design work through documentation and narrative analysis.

Methodological Strategies

  • Invert evaluation
  • Case studies
  • Project-based learning
  • Peer learning


Class on Documentation and Website Reflections (2 hours)

  • Introduction to Narrative Documentation in Design Practice
  • Importance of documentation for creative projects
  • Understanding the elements of compelling storytelling in design
  • Learning from mistakes and reflection as part of the creative design process
  • Weekly documentation guidelines and expectations

Follow-up and Tips Class (2 hours)

  • Review and feedback on the student's initial website documentation
  • Addressing common challenges and questions related to website upkeep
  • Tips for compelling storytelling through multimedia elements
  • Encouraging students to explore innovative ways of enhancing their narratives
  • Techniques for showcasing design decisions and iterative progress
  • Encouraging active engagement and communication with peers on documentation

Website Review (1 hour)

  • Individual website reviews and assessments by the instructor
  • Analysis of each student's narrative documentation and reflections
  • Feedback on narrative coherence, clarity, and visual presentation
  • Identifying strengths and areas for improvement in the storytelling process

Website Review (1 hour)

  • Continued individual website reviews and feedback
  • Addressing specific concerns and doubts related to documentation
  • Final tips and suggestions for long-term sustainability and ongoing website maintenance


Updated website using the suggested taxonomy structure and the considerations given in class.

Grading Method

Percentage Description
30% Website Taxonomy: Using the correct Taxonomy in your website to organize the information.
30% Website Completeness: Having the website updated with the required content at the reviews.
20% Classmates Assessment: 10% assessment of 2 classmates websites. 10% suggested assessment by 2 classmates.
20% Personal Reflections: Reflecting in class about the learnings and having the final reflection on the website.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)



Pablo Zuloaga Betancourt

Pablo Zuloaga Betancourt

Futures Designer, Creativity & Strategy Consultant / POWAR Founder

Experienced Creative Director with 15+ years in global agencies and brands across Latin America and Europe. Holds a Master's in Future Design, specializing in digital manufacturing and emerging tech. Over 6 years of teaching in diverse universities, focusing on communication, creativity, design, and storytelling.

Founder of POWAR, a Barcelona-based R+D Ed-Tech studio driving planet-centred STEAM education. Known for strategic vision, expertise in innovation, project management, and audiovisual production. Researching around the future of education.