Toward Change: Broadening the Scope of Design Education

By Guillermina Noël.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: January 11, 2016 $US5.00

Although the practice of design has changed, design education is still mainly focused on a traditional design approach centered on graphic skills and creativity. Today’s design practice, particularly when working with social problems, requires designers to broaden the spectrum of skills. These skills hinge on understanding social problems from the perspective of the human participants, and are aimed at generating knowledge to based design decisions, and to evaluate these decisions with people. However, teaching design in this new scenario is not easy. The article intends to provide a model of how to incorporate social real problems in the design curricula, to develop in the students the skills society needs today.

Keywords: Communication Design, Social Problems, Traditional Design, User-centered Design, Skills, Competence, Knowledge

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 10, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 11, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 947.209KB)).

Dr. Guillermina Noël

Adjunct Researcher, Health Design Lab, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada