in Design Education


estimated publication date June 2020

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Design practitioners and educators can find value in a collaborative practice. We know that other designers contribute to the design process by providing creative perspectives, ways of knowing, and critical evaluations beyond our own. We push ourselves the hardest, and ask the toughest questions, when we know another designer, writer, photographer, historian, etc. will be working on the same problem. As educators, we know that students will benefit in the same ways as they will be expected to function as collaborators in practice.

Unfortunately, a collaborative approach is often missing from academia both in the curriculum and the professional lives of faculty. The result can be isolation and monotony for faculty, and students who are ill-prepared to creatively work with others.

This project aims to make collaboration in academia more possible and enjoyable. We  will share successful collaborative approaches from a wide variety of perspectives.