This issue of INNOVATION aims to unpack recent challenges and conversations in design academia. We asked our contributors to share their thoughts on topics spanning the switch to remote learning and the value of virtual learning within higher education, equity in access to design education from K–12 up through college, the lack of diversity in the composition of student bodies and faculty, and the gap between student preparedness and the expectations of professional practice. Our goal was to collect a range of articles and perspectives that help capture the current state of industrial design education in 2020 and provide insight into what can be done to better prepare industrial design educators, students, academic institutions, and practitioners alike for the future.
We’re also delighted to feature the work of our Student Merit Award winners and school finalists. These talented young designers showcase the very best creativity, problem-solving, and design brilliance across each of IDSA’s five Districts.
Industrial Design Education during the Pandemic: A Roundtable with IDSA Educators
The Plot-Twist: Lessons from Teaching Studio Virtually by Aziza Cyamani, IDSA
9 Ways to Increase Diversity at Your School by Dr. D’Wayne Edwards
Awakening a Deeper Design Consciousness by Scott Boylston
Homework by Bruce Hannah, IDSA
How Designers Can Impact Diversity in Design by Jacinda Walker
Studio Culture in a Virtual World by Benjamin Bush, IDSA
2020 Scholarship Recipients
2020 Student Merit Award Winners & Finalists
2020 Academic Jury
2020 Education Symposium Event Recap - Design Exchange: Spanning the Academic-Practice Divide by Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
Education Paper - Using Design Fiction to Teach Ethics in Design by Raja Schaar, IDSA, and Chris Baeza
Education Paper - Experimenting with Design Thinking and System Engineering Methodologies by Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA and John Liu
In every issue:
Letters to the Editor
IDSA HQ by Chris Livaudais, IDSA
Beautility by Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA
Design DNA by Scott Henderson, IDSA
Design Defined by Carly Hagins, IDSA
A Final Thought by Hector Silva with Dominic Montante
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