In Italy, university courses on Industrial Design were born to train skilled operators to critically assess projects and to pit against different scenarios, combining the technical and production dimension with the socio-cultural one. The teaching aimed at building relationships among function, suggestion, innovation and adaptation to the context.
Nowadays, the situation is different and notably two conditions have brought to a revision of training models and education to the project within the university purview. First, the awareness that Design is now an intersection, a sort of square where human and technical sciences meet and where the Designer is a go-between whose task is to integrate different skills and knowledge.
Second, the recognition that Design has evolved in the question: together with the traditional question “how to do it?”, today the Designer is asked “what to do?” or “where to do it?”. From a problem solving actor to the exploring Designer, able to find out new product types and sectors, new production ways and new consumer behaviours.
Three questions having a different weight to which correspond three training aims having an always increasing complexity in educating the Designer to explore: aware designer, able to read the present (explorer 1); scenario designer, able to foreshadow the future (explorer 2); surfing designer, able to go beyond the common sense (explorer 3).
|Keywords:||Design Training, Exploring Design|
Researcher in Industrial Design, Architectural and Industrial Design Department, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
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