Developing design literacy for social agency

Miikka J. Lehtonen, JiaYing CHEW

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Preparing a workforce that is well
equipped with the skills and knowled
ge to navigate the
complexities of our global human society is a key responsibility of design and higher
education. Extant research has advocated design as one of the essential skills to master in
the future, and this design literacy has been claimed to be
a critical factor in creating
innovations and new solutions towards transforming our societies. To explore how non
designers become more design literate, in this paper we present findings from a study
looking at how multidisciplinary student teams develop
their design literacy in an action
oriented course setting. Based on our initial analysis, blending the boundaries between
universities and the surrounding society positively contributes towards developing design
literacy. This, in turn, has pedagogical i
mplications as well as increases our understanding
on how design travels to other disciplinary domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping design literacy for social agency
PublisherAcademy for Design Innovation Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference: Research Perspectives in the Era of Transformations - Loughborough University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameConference proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management
ISSN (Print)2632-0045


ConferenceAcademy for Design Innovation Management Conference
Abbreviated titleADIM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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