Design Education does not exist in a vacuum

Paul Magee, Sinead Ouillon, Andree Woodcock

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Abstract

There is no advantage to designers in perpetuating out-dated modes of thinking. Graduates of such an approach would be disadvantaged in contrast to their peers in respect of their ability to design within the constraints of the real world. Not something that students would choose and not something that educators would actively impose. The environment in which graduates will be ‘employed’ is multi-faceted, complex and influenced by over-arching economic barriers that prevent many solutions reaching the market, and into the hand of users. Change is needed, not least in training graduates to challenge the validity of a given design challenge; but to challenge the notion that problems can be ‘known’ without really ’knowing’. <Future> Design education does not exist in a vacuum; therefore, the teaching model needs disruption in order to support the development of empathic, sensitive and entrepreneurial, future game-changers. TInnGO, Coventry FabLab (and other projects we could mention) engaged interns in a programme that reframes the relationship between knowledge and creativity. An approach where all citizen and stakeholder contributions at varied levels are valued and are fed into policy change, product or service design, upskilling stakeholders as citizen social scientists and co-designers so that their lived experience enhances the depth of understanding within young design teams. This paper explores how this was achieved, the barriers we have been subject to and co-proposes ways to move forward.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate & Transform
EditorsErik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck, Hilary Grierson
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherDesign Society
ISBN (Print)9781912254163
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2022
Event24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate & Transform - London South Bank University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sept 20229 Sept 2022
https://epde.info/2022/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate and Transform, E and PDE 2022

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Abbreviated titleEPDE 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period8/09/229/09/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • Empathic education
  • Disruption
  • Diversity
  • citizen Science
  • New thinking modes

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