Stephen Melamed, IDSA
University of Illinois at Chicago
Writing about the future of design education is both challenging, as well as extremely difficult. Predictions can show foresight or folly. This is intended as a position paper, not based on a thorough study of the current curricula and programs that exist throughout the United States and the rest of the world, but rather based upon my own personal experiences having joined the academic world 15 years ago transitioning from being a full-time practitioner within commercial enterprises. During this period I have consistently attended regional, national and international design conferences to learn about the state of education, both witness and make presentations, as well as engage in hours of conversations with academic colleagues over the course of this same time frame.
In a career that currently spans over almost four decades all of which have been engaged in some form of professional commercial practice and/or some form of social engagement. In the later stages of my career then entering the academic world as a Clinical Professor of Industrial Design, I created the Interdisciplinary Product Development Program (IPD) at the University of Illinois Chicago campus and being one of three founding faculty members (ID, Engineering & Business) of the UIC Innovation Center. These initiatives have given me a...read more.