Design Educators Conference

Each year, in partnership with a different educational institution, RGD invites design educators to consider the future of creative education.

 

The 2017 Design Educators Conference takes place Monday, November 6 at Ryerson University, coinciding with RGD's DesignThinkers Conference.

 

Educators and industry professionals from around the world are invited to submit proposals to present by July 21, 2017.

 

Presenters will discuss this year's theme, Learning From the World, For the World.

Design has tremendous power to engage with global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges. It is useful for design educators to reflect on where design has been and to think about where it will go in order to understand how design pedagogy can prepare students to be agents of and for change.   What considerations and issues must educators address in order to best prepare the next generation of designers? By examining the evolving contexts and practices of design around the world, we seek areas of opportunity in which design curricula and the industry can evolve.

 

Keynote Speakers:

Jennifer Rittner

Jennifer founded the communications strategy firm Content Matters in 2009 to help creative businesses thrive by defining their voice and learning how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences. As a lifelong educator, her goal has always been to enable meaningful relationships between people whose lives intersect around ideas, common goals, collective experience and a shared vision. Prior to consulting, Jennifer worked for international design consultancy Pentagram, as well as Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning and the AIGA. Jennifer has taught design management at Parsons the New School for Design and FIT. She also teaches various topics in art and history at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Historical Society and Van Vleck House & Gardens. She is currently working on a series of articles that address the intersections between design and social justice.  


Topic: Learning How to Interrogate Systems of (In)Justice by Design

How can designers dismantle systems of injustice, not only to free those who are materially disenfranchised but also those who are imprisoned by privilege and bias? Teaching designers to be purposeful interrogators of self, systems and society is a starting point. The goal is to expose the opportunities designers face in championing diversity and inclusion in their work process, as a goal of professional development and as shapers of culture. In this presentation, we will explore the tools of design thinking in the interrogation of systems in which we are entrenched, and discuss prototyping concepts intended to facilitate change.

 

Liz Danzico

Liz is Chair and Co-founder of MFA Interaction Design at SVA, one of the world’s top design schools. Liz has advised initiatives that bolster new ideas in design and education, and journalism, including the Austin Center for Design, Bridge Guild, and the Journalism + Design Program at The New School. Liz is creative director for NPR, whose mission is to create a more informed public. She guides both the visual and user experience across NPR-branded digital platforms and content. Previously, Liz was an independent consultant, working with businesses on design, planning, and execution of short- and long-term digital programs. She cultivated user-centered programs through collaborative methods in education, digital design, and technology to foster positive change. Collaborators included Teach for All, The New York Times, This American Life, and the TED Prize. 

 

Topic: TBD

 

Pricing

Members:
Educators Conference only $175
Educators Conference (if registered for 2 days of DesignThinkers) $75
Educators Conference (if registered for 1 day of DesignThinkers) $125

Non-Members:
Educators Conference only $225
Educators Conference (if registered 2 days of DesignThinkers) $125
Educators Conference (if registered for 1 day of DesignThinkers) $175
 

Register for DesignThinkers & the Educators Conference here.

 

Past Conferences:

  • The 2017 RGD Design Educators Conference takes place on Monday, November 6 at Ryerson University.

     

    Deadline for submissions: July 21, 2017

     

    This year's theme is Learning From the World, For the World

    Design has tremendous power to engage with global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges. It is useful for design educators to reflect on where design has been and to think about where it will go in order to understand how design pedagogy can prepare students to be agents of and for change.

     

    What considerations and issues must educators address in order to best prepare the next generation of designers? By examining the evolving contexts and practices of design around the world, we seek areas of opportunity in which design curricula and the industry can evolve.

     

    How can pedagogical methods:
    1. enlighten students of their own biases?
    2. help students develop on awareness of the world around them?
    3. prepare students to be more aware of their social and cultural responsibilities?
    4. engage students with specific communities?
    5. locate a student's place within the design discipline?
    6. support and empathize with the diverse needs of students?

     

    We invite you to submit proposals that address this important topic from a variety of perspectives.

     

    Submission Formats:

    • Presentation & Discussion - traditional paper presentation (15-20 minutes)
    • Dialogue & Debate - interviews or discussions (30-60 minutes)
    • Plan & Participate - hands-on workshop (30-60 minutes)

     

    Click here to submit your proposal using our online form.

     

    Abstracts will be reviewed by our Abstract Review Panel. Selected presenters will be notified in August if their proposals are selected for inclusion in the Conference.

     

    Following the Conference, select presenters will be asked to contribute to a PDF publication of the Conference proceedings.

     

    Please send questions to comm@rgd.ca

     

  • Humber College and RGD welcomed educators and industry professionals from around the world to the 4th annual Design Educators Conference on November 5, 2016.

     

    Conference presenters spoke on the theme, Education vs Learning, exploring the connections and disconnects of education with the goal to stimulate learning. As students and technology evolve, how is education changing to meet the needs of the new learner? What technologies or techniques will encourage learning? Where are the pain points for educators and learners? 

     

    Conference proceedings from a specially selected group of speakers will be published in November 2017.

  • In partnership with George Brown College, RGD welcomed educators from around the world to discuss the future of design education at our 3rd annual Design Educators Conference on November 5, 2015.

    The Conference theme, transformation, considered how design and design education are transformative processes, and how design education itself is in a state of continual transformation. Click here to download the Conference Proceedings.