Democratizing Design: How education can maintain value for a profession that is accessible to all.

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The tools and techniques of graphic design have become accessible to the public at large to such a degree that the profession itself may be threatened with extinction. At the same time, design literacy — the knowledge and reasoning beyond the use of those techniques — does not seem to be experiencing the same widespread dissemination. In order to re-establish its value, the design profession must introduce a higher level of insight beyond the mere the decoration of artifacts – an ability to understand “big picture” concepts and to work across disciplines to become involved in every step of a project, from concept to completion. Thus, design education must change as well. Educators must be innovative in order to prepare a new generation to evolve quickly and continuously. Programs must be fluid and adaptable, which requires educators to treat their curricula as design problems, to be solved with radical thinking and creativity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages9
StateSubmitted - Feb 22 2019
EventAcademy for Design Innovation and Management: Research Perspectives in the Era of Transformations - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 18 2019Jun 21 2019


ConferenceAcademy for Design Innovation and Management
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • design
  • education
  • future
  • curriulum
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • communications design
  • graphic designer
  • higher education


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