1.5 RELEVANCE FOR DESIGN EDUCATION
First; this thesis seeks to inform design education about the changing practice of the designer. This change is something that future designers will be confronted with in their future careers. Do the changing circumstances of these practices require a redefinition of how designers could be educated? What competencies should design students learn? Second, the ecological issues require an urgent response from design education, since the design discipline as a whole has a responsibility to start acting positively towards these issues. Future designers his should be trained in this mentality.
“Where designers continually add more and more layers to the core of the discipline, changing their, “roles, significance and functions” so too must education to create pathways for what designers can do to do today, and where they could be taking design in the future.” (Tan, 2009, p.12)
To create an understanding of the implications of the changing circumstances of these practices for design education, it is important to have tested various applications in which it could be implemented within design education.