Rethinking Design Education
Nothing in design - as everywhere else in life - starts without education.
Through the ReDesignEd platform, our network of distinguished design educators, drawn from an egalitarian cross-section of forward-thinking institutions, from around the world, define new educational parameters for change of existing, along with the new and necessary, design learning to fill 21st century demands.
The task, at a minimum, is to build a broad-based future-proofed body of integrated social, economic and technological knowledge. To analyze the creative routes for both intellectual and skills mastery, as well as sensory and experiential attributes, of design awareness and education, and to map out processes and paths for specialization, diversity and interdisciplinarity to succeed together in innovative practice.
The ReDesignEd platform is currently comprised of the following programs:
Global Experimental Live-Lab (GEL-L) Studio
'Right global design' depends on creativity, compassion, education, innovation, inspiration and collaboration.
Globally We Design
A New Universal Curriculum Outcome + Creation of a Collaborative Effort and Network of Visionary Design Educators and Professionals Built Upon the Foundation of a Global Design Education Charter
Rethinking and updating Design Education is paramount for meaningful, timely, vital and responsive solutions to topical and pressing world challenges. ReDesignEd presents an ongoing focus on education, its development and refinement as led by the developments and factors affecting world and societal change.
This platform provides the opportunity to harness the power of design at this given point in time, capitalizing on social, economic, political and educational shifts globally to create a new distinctiveness for design and design education through the identification of a new universal curriculum. It also begins the formation and collaboration of a broad but deep spectrum of global design educators and practitioners who understand the need to innovatively redefine design education for the 21st century.
It exists to identify, explore, redefine and codify a new vision for the education of future generations of designers and for the benefit of society as a whole.
In today’s technologically fast-paced, ever-evolving environment and generationally-extended and diversified workforce, people possess and experience an unparalleled awareness of and access to knowledge, tools and resources – making everyone potentially a ‘designer’. What therefore is the role of future design professionals and how should they be educated and trained?
With the increasing criticism of traditional models of higher education, and the emphasis, value and role of design within societies and economies exponentially on the rise, the opportunity abounds for the power of design to lead the way in responsibly and innovatively shaping our future world – whether through communication, the built environment, infrastructure, industry, commerce, culture, human-well-being and life-quality, or in education.
The ReDesignEd Programs are run annually and to address issues, challenges and gaps necessary to be addressed for a meaningful and wholesome Design education.
This forum enables select leaders of design education and professions to convene and collaborate, with like-minded thinkers from around the world and to challenge the status quo of design education. It enables visionary peers to connect, create and coalesce around a universal and progressive set of principles to form the basis for a truly global design curriculum.
Participating educators are provided a platform for peer-reviewed academic exchange, research and visibility. Given the open-minded neutrality of structure, attitude and environment, it is hoped that participating leadership faculty can return to their institutions with expansion and fresh thinking, thereby, to be positioned to advance progressive education while supporting the vitality and impact of their individual institutional perspective and establishment. Ultimately, it is hoped that Forum participants will have impact through the roll-out of internationally and well informed personalized strategic vision based on tactics that are tailored by individual institutions and their curricula.
The ReDesignEd Educators Forum is convened annually. It is either hosted by a represented institution or in Edinburgh, the seat of the Scottish Enlightenment and home of the world’s oldest and most open annual Festival for creative expression, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Global Experimental Live-Lab (GEL-L) Studio
A faculty-student studio to practice and test the curricular components proposed in the Forum and the Universal Design Education Charter (UDEC).
Merging Learning and Practice
WorkEd, a new ReDesignEd program under development, aims to meet the needs and aspirations of both the student and the employer by bridging the disconnect between student and effective professional. This program will develop a restructured curriculum seeking to uniquely integrate and proportion classroom time with paid, on-the-job workplace training.
An integrated hybrid learning model, bridging ideas into practice and formal academic learning
WorkEd will provide students with the opportunity to apply, test and cultivate the conceptual knowledge they learn in the academic setting with simultaneous application in the real-life studio of a workplace environment. While earning income to support their education, they will acquire the invaluable professional skills and practicalities that only come through application and "hands-on" experience.
Alternately, employers benefit from the infusion of fresh talent into their organizations, with recent graduates more quickly meeting the expectations and standards required for professional practice.