Design Education in the Information Age
DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Broadbent, J.; Cross, N.
Section: Design Education
We examine changes in design practice during the industrial and information ages from an evolutionary systems perspective. We conclude that: design practice and education have scarcely tapped the holistic sciences yet; despite their importance; new forms of practice are emerging as design becomes more embedded in society; design becomes important to other disciplines; collaborative design will increasingly prevail due to growing design complexity and user involvement; technological developments like virtuality and pervasiveness will strongly affect design education; rapid sociocultural change will require lifelong learning in design. Such developments entail revolutionary rather than incremental change in design education.
Keywords: Design education, Information Age, General Evolution Theory, technological change