Krista Donaldson / D-Rev / CEO / 03.19.18

Where is design going?

More data-driven, global in nature – inclusive of and sensitive to more cultures and peoples, artificial intelligence will be part of our future!

How can design education be more relevant?

Considering where the world will be in 5, 10, 20 years. What are the seedlings of change happening now. Designers are needed in all disciplines, and likewise we need to be more interdisciplinary with multiple expertise, but still retaining our design sense.

What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?

They need additional depth of skills, or be a truly broad generalist. They also need business skills and understanding of data and analytics.

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

Encourage second, third, and fourth areas of focus – particularly in areas that may not seem to overlap with design or the arts. For example, when I was in grad school for product design I got a minor in African studies – I had no idea how I would use it, but I loved it. It has been invaluable in my career. One of my design professors told us that to design for others, you have to know yourself. I believe that, I believe we also have to know more about human sociology, psychology and history. Designers have great power and opportunities to solve complex challenges in the world, and they must come to these problems with a baseline knowledge and humility.

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

Partner with design and tech programs that target low-income and diverse students. Get your students engaged running design sprints in schools (elementary on up). Help young people who have never heard of design, see how it can be used in all different areas of their lives. Also for your students – there is no learning like teaching. 🙂

Krista Donaldson



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