Dayna Baumeister / The Biomimicry Center | Biomimicry 3.8 / Professor of Practice | Partner / 03.19.18
Where is design going?
The world will be demanding that design not just be aesthetically pleasing, but will serve multiple functions, while also being sustainable, both socially and environmentally.
How can design education be more relevant?
Designers must learn to be transdisciplinary–both in how they work with and communicate with other fields, but also in understanding how the context of design is influenced by and influences other disciplines.
What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?
Sustainability, biomimicry, systems thinking, transdisciplinary collaboration
What should a design school do to prepare students for transdisciplinary work?
Expose them early and often, both with their peers and in as real world of setting as possible. And transdisciplinary means really stretching, not just to other design fields, but to sociology, to ecology, to business, to engineering, to policy, etc.
What should a design school do to forward equity and inclusion?
Make design accessible. Reach out early to underserved communities and help them discover that their own creative innovative solutions are in their own hands.