Was your design education up to speed for the realities of today? Developed in October at GloW-DESIGN’s international ReDesignEd Educators Forum in Singapore, the Universal Design Education Charter is now available to view.
14 December, 2018
We recently reported on a significant event in the realm of design education – a high-level forum initiated and organised by independent thought leadership platform GloW-DESIGN (Globally We Design) that probed ideas about the future of design education in the twenty-first century.
The three-day ReDesignEd Educators Forum was a critical opportunity for broad thinking and discussion about how well design education equips designers for ongoing validity and a changed and constantly changing context of practice. Underpinning the discussion was the recognition that approaches to design education have remained largely unchanged since the mid-twentieth century despite the thoroughly changed demands faced by designers today.
The new Universal Design Education Charter, which was developed at the forum, is a global, collective and aspirational framework and filter through which design education and curricula can be measured, valued and contextualised.
Since October, it has undergone a feedback and refinement process and is now available to view. It represents a sense of collective responsibility among those present at the forum – 36 individuals from 23 countries and teaching at 22 institutions – about how designers and design educators must face up to rapid change to ensure the ongoing validity of the profession.
The Charter is comprised of seven articles addressing the areas of culture change, knowledge and skills (education), sustainability, technology, acknowledgement (certification) and responsibility.
Shashi Caan (Founder of GloW-DESIGN, Founding Partner of design studio The Collective, former Chair of Interiors at Parsons School of Design, and an INDE.Awards Jury member) is already looking toward the next steps for GloW-DESIGN. She says: “Our desire is to develop high-level curricular frameworks around the sentiment of each Charter article and ideally strive for more open, broader, deeper content that helps with preparation and readiness for a supportive imminent future.”
Without further ado, Indesignlive.sg – media partner for the ReDesignEd Educators Forum – is honoured to share the Charter:
This Charter was prepared and accepted at a meeting in Singapore of design educators from across the world who took collective responsibility as designers to face the rapid changing world. We represent existing, evolving and emerging design disciplines and a range of nationalities, genders, and generations. We recognise that design education is the process by which a person is inducted as a designer and becomes a member of the global design community.
Design pervasively impacts all aspects of life.
Society provides the context wherein the discipline of design, the business of design, and the education of design act reciprocally.
Design is a global creative endeavour for the betterment of human experience, quality of life, well-being, and happiness.
Design delivers the artefacts, products, and services to affect this.
The education of designers becomes a critical aspect of our collective responsibility.
Design education encompasses a range of existing, evolving and emerging disciplines, levels, skills, outputs, and industries in this context.
The participants proclaim this Universal Design Education Charter as a common aspiration of achievement for all designers:
26 October 2018 in Singapore, hosted by LASALLE College of the Arts
For more information about the Charter, head to globallywedesign.com.
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