Rethinking and updating Design Education is paramount for meaningful, timely and 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.
The purpose of this is 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.
ReDesignEd Educators Forum
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 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 operates on a continuous loop of a two-part meeting, convened over a two-year period. Each even year (2018, 2020, etc.), the Educators Forum is hosted by a participating institution. This interim meeting is a developmental workshop which explores in depth, matters discussed during the biennial Forum Meeting. Each Forum meeting takes place at 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.