Sarah Cowles / University of Southern California / Associate Professor of Practice / 03.20.18

Where is design going?

Both towards complete capital corporatization and towards radical resistance

How can design education be more relevant?

The hands need to be on.

What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?

Fearlessness, empathy, listening, walking, seeing, tactility, honing,

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

Flex labs, design thinking foundation in UG, specialization only in graduate professional programs

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

Recruit fellows, fund fund fund outreach and engagement, recruiting, it’s a lot of work, but if it’s someone’s job…and not a shit committee doing lip service…it will change.

Sarah Cowles

University of Southern California

Associate Professor of Practice

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