Design contributes to human knowledge.
It’s political and it has consequences.
Milena Radzikowska & Stan Ruecker, Design +DH, Intellect Books, 2021
The Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) is collaborating with the Registered Graphic Designers of Canada (RGD) to present a panel of experts who will discuss the design of information graphics during the COVID19 pandemic. Since the pandemic began, we have been bombarded by data with information changing almost daily. It
This month, I had the great privilege of being interviewed by Lisa Bush—the creator of the Working Mom Wellness Community and host of the Working Mom Wellness Podcast. In the episode: We Are All Works in Progress, we spoke about: How design—though often invisible—has a significant impact on women’s mental
Dr. Stan Ruecker and I have created a series of free video lectures that cover key topics in our design classes (at Mount Royal University and University of Illinois). We have more than 50 videos so far on introductory and advanced topics in research methods, graphic design, critical reading, speculative design, interface and interaction design, manipulating form, plus a few case studies. All videos are available on Vimeo.
Design research contributes new knowledge that is actionable—beginning with an attempt to understand the present, grounded in an acknowledgement of the past that has shaped it, in order to define a better future and then figure out how to get to it from here, the present.
This is a category of problems (proposed by Rittel and Webber in the 1960s) that are messy, unsettling, complex, and ill-formulated. They contain confusing information, engage multiple stakeholders who hold conflicting values, and often result in confusing ramifications.
REFLECTION & ACCOUNTABILITY
“Know where you come from and know where your privileges are. If ‘all design is ideological’, as Dunne says, do take that statement seriously. Giving yourself the task to stop navel-gazing and to always second-guess your own decisions is not a shame. It is for the better, trust us.”
Pedro Oliveira and Luiza Prado