As the profession of design continues to evolve,
educators must equip students with more than
technical skills to thrive in the global workplace
SPECULATING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF DESIGN IS
AN IMPRECISE UNDERTAKING. With rapidly advancing
technology, lines between market segments virtually
disappearing, and increasingly integrated and specialized
project teams, there’s no telling where the design of tomorrow
will take us.
To catch a glimpse of the future of the profession, the most
logical place to look is to design schools. After all, today’s
students are the ones who will carry the legacy of design
forward and forge new paths toward a brighter tomorrow.
Ensuring the next generation of designers is equipped to handle
the challenges that lie ahead is precisely what design schools do
daily. As such, i+D recently spoke with educators to learn how
academia is preparing a new wave of designers in the context
of an ever-evolving industry.
BY ROBERT NIEMINEN