Abstract

Empathy and creativity are desirable core design competencies. The relationship between these concepts, however, has remained largely unexplored -including how this relationship shapes and is shaped by design education. This work unfolds the creases between empathy and creativity, identifies their synergies and contradictions in design education, and defines a research programme to improve the teaching of and with creative and empathic dispositions. We suggest that comprehensive research approaches that enact creative and empathic methods of inquiry are best suited to amplify our understanding and inform future design education.

Keywords:

Research Methods, Ethics, Design Education

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Teaching (with) Empathy and Creativity in Design

Empathy and creativity are desirable core design competencies. The relationship between these concepts, however, has remained largely unexplored -including how this relationship shapes and is shaped by design education. This work unfolds the creases between empathy and creativity, identifies their synergies and contradictions in design education, and defines a research programme to improve the teaching of and with creative and empathic dispositions. We suggest that comprehensive research approaches that enact creative and empathic methods of inquiry are best suited to amplify our understanding and inform future design education.

 

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