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There are few professions that undergo such fast-paced change as that of designers. That’s why the iF Design Foundation is dedicated in this and in the coming year to the topic of the “Future of Design Education”. In ten hearings lasting several days, it wants to go around the globe with experts from industry, universities of various disciplines and NGOs to describe and discuss a possible picture of the tasks of the designers of the future and the requirements profile for their training and education.

If you want to learn more about the iF Design Foundation in detail, please click here: ABOUT THE iF DESIGN FOUNDATION

Video: iF Design Foundation Chairman Christoph Böninger on the Future of Design Education

During the iF design award night in Munich this March, iF Design Foundation chairman Christoph Böninger talked about the goals of the foundation regarding the future of design education. Listen, why the design education has to change!

Conferences "The future of design education"

Conferences

How should design education be structured in a way that design graduates can work effectively in the future? To what extent is the current training still applicable – or does it need to go in a completely new direction? If a new type of design college was founded tomorrow, which could fully draw on new sources of inspiration without being restricted by any consideration for old structures – what content and methods would be taught there? A catalog of 80 widely diverse questions based on an international study serves as an inspiration and guideline for the hearings – both developed by Prof. Dr. René Spitz, Professor of Design Science and Communication Management at the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln (RFH), and the moderator of the conferences. In spring 2021, the findings of all the international hearings and a final conference will be summarized and published in a White Paper.

Download the catalog of 80 questions

The first Conference in Munich / Germany

The first Conference in Munich / Germany

The first hearing took place from 13 to 15 March 2019 as part of the Munich Creative Business Week
(MCBW) in cooperation with Cumulus Association, Helsinki.

About 30 experts from the worlds of business, teaching and research shared their assessments and experiences.

Download the summary of the conference

The second Conference in Los Angeles / USA

The second Conference in Los Angeles / USA

The iF Design Foundation’s second discussion round was undertaken in cooperation with the ArtCenter College of Design.

From 17 to 19 October 2019, about 30 participants from the US and Europe met in Pasadena, California.

Download the summary of the conference

The third Conference in Kyoto / Japan

The third Conference in Kyoto / Japan

From 28 to 30 November 2019, the third conference took place in Kyoto - in cooperation withe the Kyoto Institute of Technology.

The discussion covered completely different topics compared to the first two hearings.

Download the summary of the conference

The fourth Conference in Johannesburg / South Africa

The fourth Conference in Johannesburg / South Africa

Participants from Lebanon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Dubai and India met in Johannesburg from 23 to 25 February 2020 - in cooperation with the Greenside Design Center.

Download the summary of the conferences

Impressions of the Conferences

The participants represented design practice as employed and freelance designers, in teaching and theory at universities, in networking and planning for state authorities and professional associations, as well as in management and consulting.
Conference in Johannesburg 1/3

The participants represented design practice as employed and freelance designers, in teaching and theory at universities, in networking and planning for state authorities and professional associations, as well as in management and consulting.

The relationship of design to traditional practices in African and Indian cultures plays an important role.
Conference in Johannesburg 2/3

The relationship of design to traditional practices in African and Indian cultures plays an important role.

Design is frequently regarded as a remnant of colonialisation by Western industrial countries, which place the individual as autonomous subject at the center of an objective society.
Conference in Johannesburg 3/3

Design is frequently regarded as a remnant of colonialisation by Western industrial countries, which place the individual as autonomous subject at the center of an objective society.

The participants from Japan, Singapore and Europe represented a broad spectrum of the various facets of design practice: smaller studios and large companies (e.g. Sony, Canon, Yamaha, Hitachi), universities and research institutions.
Conference in Kyoto 1/3

The participants from Japan, Singapore and Europe represented a broad spectrum of the various facets of design practice: smaller studios and large companies (e.g. Sony, Canon, Yamaha, Hitachi), universities and research institutions.

The discussions focused on the practice of design as an aesthetic field of expression for what is needed today.
Conference in Kyoto 2/3

The discussions focused on the practice of design as an aesthetic field of expression for what is needed today.

An important aspect was the moral dimension of dealing appropriately with cultural tradition and acting responsibly for future genres.
Conference in Kyoto 3/3

An important aspect was the moral dimension of dealing appropriately with cultural tradition and acting responsibly for future genres.

In the composition of the participants, great importance was attached to the presence of a wide range of experts – from various design universities as well as graduates, senior and junior designers, design managers (Amazon, Google, IBM ...) and entrepreneurs.
Conference in Los Angeles 1/3

In the composition of the participants, great importance was attached to the presence of a wide range of experts – from various design universities as well as graduates, senior and junior designers, design managers (Amazon, Google, IBM ...) and entrepreneurs.

Questions regarding the structure and organization of design training were at the forefront in California.
Conference in Los Angeles 2/3

Questions regarding the structure and organization of design training were at the forefront in California.

The best qualifications at US universities are associated with high study costs. Access to design studies is therefore structurally more difficult for many social groups.
Conference in Los Angeles 3/3

The best qualifications at US universities are associated with high study costs. Access to design studies is therefore structurally more difficult for many social groups.

30 participants from business, teaching and research met to exchange their assessments and experiences regarding the future of design education in German-speaking countries.
Conference in Munich 1/3

30 participants from business, teaching and research met to exchange their assessments and experiences regarding the future of design education in German-speaking countries.

The aim of this event was to allow different perspectives to be voiced and provide a platform to discuss each of the arguments in open discussion rounds.
Conference in Munich 2/3

The aim of this event was to allow different perspectives to be voiced and provide a platform to discuss each of the arguments in open discussion rounds.

The participants agreed that the professional practice of design in the future will differ substantially from conventional practice today.
Conference in Munich 3/3

The participants agreed that the professional practice of design in the future will differ substantially from conventional practice today.

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