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October 16, 2006

NASAD Seminar on the Future of Design and Design Education

R: I flew to Minneapolis to participate in the National Association of Schools of Art & Design's first seminar on the future of design. The moderators were attempting to assess the collective vision of design educators in the US and Canada. China was heavy on the mind of keynote speaker Roger Mandle, president of RISD. He had just returned from the inauguration of a school where thousands of students were about to begin to study design. The organizers and moderators were pre-occupied with professional practice among industrialized nations. Several particpants from MICA attempted to introduce a thread of discussion about the rest of the world. That majority of the world's population has never made a phone call, and doesn't participate in consumer economies. This thread was met with resistance and was under-represented in the notes taken by the recorders. I am a designer, and yet felt like an alien.

NASAD has said they will make the outcomes available, so watch for it.

Posted by SWEAT at October 16, 2006 11:59 PM

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