Design Educators Conference 2017 - Toronto

Coinciding with RGD's DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto, design educators are invited to the 2017 Design Educators Conference on November 6 to consider the global impact of creative education.

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.


For information on submitting a speaker proposal, visit Deadline for submissions is July 21!


Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Location: Ryerson University (Rooms TBD)


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




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

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