The Future of a Design Education Pt.11

Advancing the Design Profession

The profession of modern digital designers as a collective whole remains in its infancy. Take the role of a UX Designer for example. Although the functions of the title has been around for decades, the definition as it relates to a recognized and valued role are relatively new, let’s say, a decade (circa 2008).

As professions mature, there is often a natural force that seeks to create the basis for standards, rules, certifications and so forth. Let’s take the field of architecture for example. The laws of gravity have not every changed: the structural codes for buildings based on this first guiding principle have been practices for thousands of years. We have erected incredibly sophisticated and complex structures, dating back the the ancient pyramids in Egypt, ruins of the Anasazi and Aztecs. More recently, we have become more intentional around the environmental impact of structures and the accessibility ADA for groups with a handicap making use of spaces. For decades we have worked diligently on standards and codes to assure that licenses architects Obiso by best practices, but fundamentally — so that buildings do not collapse!!!

When looking at a profession such as UX Design, the question remains: what checks must we put in place to ensure designers are equipped with the techniques, perspectives, ethics, values and positive intentionality of the user?

And so, as a designer and educator, I feel deeply responsible to manifest a new generation of design influencers that hold these attributes front and center in their work. My posing question:

How might we encourage new designers to instill a values-centric, humanistic orientation while remaining considerate of the direct implications of their design solutions?

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