Victor Margolin / University of Illinois at Chicago / Professor Emeritus of Design History / 03.20.18
Where is design going?
Design is moving towards an embrace of social problems as part of its purview.
How can design education be more relevant?
There should be more courses related to understanding the social world in which designing takes place.
What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?
Designers should have a greater understanding of social problems and how design might contribute to addressing them. They should also understand non-material solutions, the equivalent of what Richard Buchanan calls “Fourth Order Design.”
What should a design school do to prepare students for transdisciplinary work?
The school should give students the leeway to forge their own curricular paths in order to develop their specific interests. Advisors should be able to help them with this process.
What should a design school do to forward equity and inclusion?
Schools should make an effort to create diverse student bodies. They should also bring diverse points of view about design into class discussions and outside programming (i.e., workshops, lectures, and exhibitions).