On October 27, 2010 from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, this blog entry will serve as means to facilitate a discussion around the topic: Connecting Values: Teaching Sustainability to Graphic Designers.
Feel free to log-in and comment on the abstract below and add to this exciting discourse during the Glide10 Conference.
Design educators whom are passionate and motivated to teach sustainable principles and methodologies to their students, must first recognize and accept that “sustainability” is a political term. In fact the interest in sustainable design and living is the educator’s politics, and possibly not a value the students hold. This discrepancy sometimes results in a divestment by the student(s) in the learning process. It is therefore important to discuss the students’ values and goals they have as a designer/individual in order to demonstrate how sustainable issues can be intertwined with their own values and specifically to the students’ ambitions and goals professionally. This strategy can help eliminate apathy, and pushback within the class and help empower the desire to integrate sustainable methodologies into their own work.