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For several years, it has been apparent that design studios and
corporate departments have been looking for a new kind of designer,
one that has traditional skills and yet a much broader perspective
on problem solving. Because one of AIGA's central responsibilities
is to keep abreast of developments in the industry, we recognized
that we needed to better understand the emerging role of designers
and to enter into a deeper discussion with educators and design
leaders on how to prepare designers for future changes.
Since 2006, AIGA and Adobe
have teamed up to try to define this future. Through interviews,
focus groups, workshops and surveys that were conducted with some
of the profession's best thinkers-educators, observers of the field
and AIGA members-we have attempted to characterize future
designers. The initial phase of the research involved translating
the expectations of participants into the essential competencies that will be needed, in various combinations, by
This research was undertaken so that both AIGA and Adobe could
help prepare designers for the skills and roles that will be
expected of them. The findings should provoke
responses from both the academic community, in developing
curricula, and studios and design departments, which will need to
develop teams that demonstrate these attributes.
The findings are not conclusive, for each designer will have her
own sense as to what will be needed in the future, given the nature
of her work and assignments. Yet these findings begin to shape the
direction for design, based on the input of experts and 2,500 AIGA
members. We believe it accurately reflects the challenges being
posed to designers within the current and evolving design
AIGA will work with Adobe, educators and professionals to
develop tools, techniques, course work and best practices to meet
these trends and
challenges, as well as to develop the critical competencies.
Section: Tools and Resources -
education, design educators, students
To aid in defining the Designer of 2015 project, recognized and
diverse leaders in the design community were brought together to
serve as an advisory board, called the Visionary Design Council (VDC).
To increase participation and attendance, Figment, an annual art and cultural festival in New York City, needed a new brand identity that was both consistent and flexible enough to capture the event’s creative spirit. Enter design firm MSLK, which had a “thought” or two on how to do just that.
Section: Why Design -
branding, identity design, metrics of effectiveness, design educators, students
Why are the typefaces that flash behind George Bush to underscore his major policy talks so BAD? Heller suggests that Karl Rove may be a great strategist, but he's a terrible type consultant. Could this be why he lost his job?
Section: Tools and Resources -
interview, Voice, election design
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