Design, what is it good for?
by Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek
Design, what is it good for? explores the role of emergent designers as change agents and the difference that design makes. In partnership with Melbourne International Design Week, London College of Communication, Adobe Partners by Design, RMIT University and the University of Western Sydney, the Centre for Design Innovation has established an international research agenda around the role of competitive benchmarking in tertiary design education.
The design brief invites submissions from students enrolled in tertiary design courses around the globe. The student’s visual manifestos stimulate debate by exploring issues of social responsibility and personal accountability in the design discipline. This digital archive and exhibition also provided students with an opportunity to collaborate nationally, on an international stage, and serve as a conduit between industry, education and the general public to nurture and sustain future communities of practice.
Participant responses evidence how competitive benchmarking in design competitions can better prepare students for the industry. Students commented on how participation gave them an increased awareness of their own ethics, moral code and design literacies through public presentation, peer and industry review.