a conversation about ethnographic methods

Designing Design Education (a Whiteboard@SonicRim event)

Where should we draw the boundaries of design education?

Design has been considered to encompass all kinds of things — from a safety pin to a highway.  It involves the development of hardware and software. Its scope involves tangible and intangible domains of human life.

The practice of design has come a long way since Bauhaus, the purpose of which was to counter the effect of the Industrial Revolution. What purpose should design serve today? What should be the basic skills, values  and tools for tomorrow’s designers be?

Does design education need to be redesigned keeping in mind the forces that shape our lives and aspirations today?

You are invited to a whiteboard session at SonicRim on Friday January 29th to collaboratively sketch out the contours of the design education of the future.

If you are a designer, design educator, design student or person who works professionally with designers, you will have something to contribute. Design Education needs disruptive innovation.

Come join us!

Please RSVP at this Eventbrite page


What is a ‘whiteboard’ session?
Every so often we host a facilitated discussion in our offices, using a large whiteboard to explore topics of interest to people in the design/research/innovation disciplines. Whiteboard sessions are informal, inter-disciplinary, inclusive, and fun.

It’s a working day… Can I come late?
Absolutely! We don’t start discussing till 3pm. The first hour is for mingling.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are four parking garages nearby on Townsend street, two between 2nd and 3rd, and two between 3rd and 4th streets. Street parking might be available, but watch out for tow-away spots that start at 4pm. We are 5 minutes walk or less from Caltrain and Muni stations.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can email and someone will get back to you.

When Friday, January 29, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST) – Add to Calendar
Where SonicRim – 665 3rd St. Suite 410. San Francisco, CA 94107 – View Map