REFLECTION AND ANALYSIS IN DESIGN STUDENT BLOGS
The article raises the question whether stylistic differences in the ways that design students write about designing and their designed work may indicate differences in the way that the students are orientated to the practice of design. The aim of this article is to describe how to apply the theory of systemic-functional linguistics to design students' texts as the basis for exposing the way that students describe designing and the way that they orientate themselves to design praxis. Through the analysis of design students' blogs, the research reveals the existence of two specific styles, analytical and reflective, for expressing the realities of designing. The differences in styles of expression of ostensibly the same 'content' (designing) indicate differences in approach (style) to designing. Second, the style of blogging signals the student’s preferred style of feedback.