Design Schools: Empowering Creativity for the Social Good

Call for a Thematic Collection of Articles for the Design Science Journal

Deadline for Submissions: 31st October 2018

How have Design Schools and “d-” programs reshaped our traditional learning frameworks? What pedagogical approaches have been effective and in which contexts? How can we characterize the designers, engineers, and scientists they have graduated? What are those graduates doing in the workforce? What kind of intended and unintended outcomes have been observed? What is the current impact trajectory of design education, and should it be different?

These questions are deeply rooted in broader social discourse regarding how recent cutting-edge technologies have changed our attitudes and behaviors toward work and life. The twenty-first century has already revealed significant socially disruptive technological, social, and economic transformations. Technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation will most likely impact our lifestyles even more profoundly in the future.

We need to find a sustainable balance between technological advancement and social cohesion. Design education is being increasingly viewed as a foundational approach for cultivating human creativity for the social good. How can we ensure that today’s design programs and schools enhance creativity in a manner that delivers value to society?

Collection Theme Topics

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Curriculum evaluations of design programs or interdisciplinary design education collaborations

• Curriculum development in design programs for enhancing social creativity

• Pedagogical models for teaching design, or design thinking skills

• Investigation of industry practices and roles of design program graduates

• Pedagogical practices of improving design learning and their effectiveness on social creativity

• Impact of design programs on the creativity of students.

• Theoretical aspects of design education for social creativity.

• Implications of design programs for promoting social creativity and innovation.

• Perspective and commentary on the future of design education.

Guest Editors:

Professor Yukari Nagai, Human Life Design Area, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Professor Martin Steinert, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Dr. Ozgur Eris, Chief Scientist for Collaboration and Social Computing, The MITRE Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

Professor Eunyoung Kim, Human Life Design Area, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

For additional topics and other questions regarding this collection please contact any of the Guest Editors.