Published essays

We publish short essays on topics of concern to educators, students, design firms, and other hiring organizations here on our website. The focus is upon on how to educate designers.

Learn more about the philosophy behind the Future of Design Education. The following essays give you a sense of what the thought leaders across the world intend for a better design education.

Teaching and Learning Design
By Paul A. Kirschner and Donald A. Norman

Today's designers need to know more about the world, to understand the systemic issues that the world faces. It is a moral imperative to use their skills for designing a better world.

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Course Context & Conceptualization | A Visual/Video Essay
By Pieter Jan Stappers

From lively, physical studio work to remote, virtual collaboration with Zoomlinks and Miroboards. We captured what we learned in the process in three video lectures, one on the course structure in general, one on video lectures, and one on workshops.

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The ‘Map of Writing’
By Pieter Jan Stappers

Writing takes practice, and some guidance. The ‘Map of Writing’ (or in full ‘Map of Reading, Reviewing, and (Academic) Writing’) contains, in a condensed form, the tips and tricks I’ve taught in MSc and PhD courses for designers this last decade.

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