Closing the Loop in Design Education: Surviving Disruption in A Digital World


Creative problem-solving, agile and analytical thinking, collaboration and empathy have become essential 21st-century skills required in the current workforce. The upheaval of a global pandemic has accelerated the need to adapt to the changes and disruptions society is facing. The role of future designers is not just to design for the world to be understood better but also to redesign tools and systems that are now obsolete and also to undesign and redesign these systems that no longer facilitate everyday life. Navigating through new paradigms and the ‘new normal today and examining issues that are closer to us, as such it becomes critical to negotiate proximities from different angles. Through the proposed framework of ‘design with’ and ‘design for’ social innovation, healthcare, circularity and participatory, this study seeks to negotiate to shift proximities with collaborators, participants, artefacts, systems, communities and places. In this paper, increased proximity leads to agency and behaviour change in learning/design making. The case studies draw on the complexities and varied social and environmental challenges in design learning and making. The insights presented will suggest how we can close the proximity as researchers, designers and citizens. The projects presented come from multidisciplinary, multi-lens, hybrid modes, IT-enabled, post-covid world, and how patterns of design processes come together and the eventual design frameworks used can help determine what methods we engage with for future projects.

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Joselyn Sim, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Nur Hidayah Abu Bakar, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Interdisciplinary

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Sim J., & Bakar N. (2023) Closing the Loop in Design Education: Surviving Disruption in A Digital World ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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