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Design Educators: The 2017 AIGA National Conference is for YOU!

August 10, 2017 / By aigaeducators

How will designers evolve in the coming years? What is our role, as educators, in shaping our future? The Design Educators Community invites you to explore these questions during three dynamic days of design education programming—The Designer of 2025— at this year’s AIGA National Conference in Minneapolis! Moving forward, the DEC is excited to merge dedicated education content with the annual conference, so expect more exciting programming like this at future AIGA national conferences.

This year’s theme is based on AIGA’s periodic assessment of design-related disciplines and corresponding educational preparation. The seven trends identified in the report, “AIGA Designer 2025,” will guide the presentations and discussions during The Designer of 2025 educator-oriented programming at this year’s National conference. Attendees can get more background information by reading the NASAD Competencies as well as the AIGA Design 2025 Summary Document

We have some great folks lined up to share their perspectives with you: The Designer of 2025 educator series kicks off with a powerhouse opening panel Thursday morning with Antoinette Carroll and Karen Cheng, moderated by Aaron Ganci. Saturday afternoon, there will be an inspiring closing discussion with 2005 AIGA Medalist Meredith Davis.

The first day of the conference (Thursday, Oct. 12) will include several compelling presentations within the The Designer of 2025 theme, including a look at data-driven design activism and the expanding playing field of professional practice.

Day two brings a collection of discussions and a great workshop, “Design Competencies Futures.” The morning panel is “The Civically Engaged Designer of 2025,” and the lunchtime roundtable provides a great opportunity to learn more about our new design journal, Dialectic.

The Designer of 2025 concludes on Saturday with an array of energetic Pechakucha presentations exploring the evolution of design education, intercultural collaboration, the creation of a virtual teaching resource, and looking beyond 2025 to forecast the future.

It’s a lot to take in, so DEC co-chairs Marty Maxwell Lane and Amy Fidler will lead a closing discussion session with the grande dame of design education, Meredith Davis. Audience interaction is encouraged; bring your questions, and we will work toward making sense of our shifting landscape together.

We hope to see you there; take advantage of the special $450 educator registration rate before October 4! Your ticket also includes access to all of the spectacular National Conference programming, including mainstage presentations from graphic design greats, like Louise Fili, and service design superstars like AirBNB co-founder, Joe Gebbia.

Check out the schedule for The Designer of 2025 below; see the full conference schedule here.


2017 DEC Minneapolis Conference Programming: The Designer of 2025


THURSDAY Oct 12, 9–12

9:00–9:15 Welcome from DEC Co-Chairs

9:15–10:15 Panel Discussion “The Designer of 2025” (moderator Aaron Ganci with Hugh Dubberly/Karen Cheng/Antoinette Carroll)

10:15–11:00 Break

11:00 (prompt start — three presentations, 18 minutes each)

Presentation One: “The Home of 2025” (Meaghan Dee)

Presentation Two: “An Expanding Playing Field: Projecting Designers Professional Roles in 2025” (Mariana Amatullo CUMULUS)

Presentation Three: “Data, Design, and Dissent: The Opportunities and Challenges Behind Data-driven Design Activisms” (Eugene Park)


FRIDAY Oct 13, 9–12

9:15–10:15 Panel Discussion “The Civically Engaged Designer of 2025” (Marty Maxwell Lane, Will Staley, Tyler Galloway)

10:15–11:00 Break

11:00 Workshop “Design Competencies Futures” (Mo-Ling Chui + one other member of five person group)

12:30 – 1:30 Roundtable |  Dialectic: the New Journal on Design


SATURDAY Oct 14, 9–12

9:15–10:15 Pechakuchas (six presentations with remaining time for questions)

“How might education need to evolve to address the needs of future designers (undergrad, grad, or career development)?” (Aldrena Corder)

“Design Pangea” (Denielle J. Emans & Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt)

“Design Fiction” (E. Scott Denison)

“Design Teaching Resource” (Annabelle Gould)

“Looking Beyond 2025” (Brad Tober)

“Designing our Discourse, Public Conversation, and Community” (Jessica Barness)

10:15–11:00 Break

11:00 “Reflections/Projections” town hall led by Amy + Marty with Meredith Davis (taking questions from audience)

12:30 – 1:30 Roundtable | DEC: Designer of 2025


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