David Perkes / Gulf Coast Community Design Studio / Director / 03.20.18

Where is design going?

Design is becoming more user oriented both in process and product.

How can design education be more relevant?

By being more interested in making people’s lives better than in pleasing designers.

What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?

Collaboration, innovation, listening, drawing.

What should a design school do to prepare students for transdisciplinary work?

Develop beginning design courses that teach all design students together so students get a shared design vocabulary. in later courses encourage students to mix disciplines and create multi-discipline tracks and degrees for students that want to take more time in school.

What should a design school do to forward equity and inclusion?

Have small class sizes and teachers that can engage students to come to understand and value diversity. Get students into the community.

David Perkes

Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

Director

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