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ERIC Number: EJ868012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2224
Failure? Isn't It Time to Slay the Design-Dragon?
Winkler, Dietmar R.
Visible Language, v43 n2-3 p253-273 2009
There is a closed cycle of design education that replicates the most common design practice--and feeds into that practice that seeks awards based on incremental change supported by professional organizations and trade journals--that feeds back to education forms for imitation. This is the educational failure this paper cites. It takes to task the stagnant, homeostatic educational institutions that fail to transcend the traditional guild system and sustains an anti-intellectual view of design and its future. Exposing historical roots of the situation, the author calls for design education to embrace preparation of students for the "knowledge society" and take a leadership position in design's future.
Sharon H. Poggenpohl. Available from: Rhode Island School of Design. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903. Tel: 401-454-6570; Fax: 401-454-6117; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A