Abstract

Design is increasingly used for tackling large and complex problems and this new systemic design thinking is often interlinked with large societal issues. This paper will give the historic background and context to this development; it will show how the overall economic situation affects the design profession as well as exemplify recent development of the design practice. In order to do this it will describe three case examples of recent design usage in large societal issues: the birth of a new university, the municipal commitment of using design to improve society and the national approach of Finland in pushing systemic changes through design. ANNA VALTONEN UMEÅ UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN Is systemic design the next big thing for the design profession?

Keywords:

Design And Society, Design Practice, Systemic Design

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Jul 7th, 12:00 AM

Is Systemic Design the Next Big Thing for the Design Profession?

Design is increasingly used for tackling large and complex problems and this new systemic design thinking is often interlinked with large societal issues. This paper will give the historic background and context to this development; it will show how the overall economic situation affects the design profession as well as exemplify recent development of the design practice. In order to do this it will describe three case examples of recent design usage in large societal issues: the birth of a new university, the municipal commitment of using design to improve society and the national approach of Finland in pushing systemic changes through design. ANNA VALTONEN UMEÅ UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN Is systemic design the next big thing for the design profession?

 

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