This paper explores the inevitable change of Industrial design practices due to the decline of natural resources and the increasing necessity to focus on sustainable practices. Design methods like Design for Disassembly and Circular Economy will become common practice. The problem that arises is that current product design curricula places little emphasis on these tools and concepts. The result is setting students up with a competitive disadvantage within the future of their career. By implementing key concepts and theories in responsible product development within the current curriculum, design schools can help form a consciousness towards responsible product development and provide graduating students a competitive advantage within the paradigm change of industrial design. Training young designers in sustainability will also allow for innovation and continued relevance for the participating school.
1.1 THE PROBLEM WE ARE FACING
In order to understand why the current design curriculum needs to change, we need to fully understand the state of the world and what possible future we as designers will (...read more).