Public Value and Design Studies 2024

What public value do design courses have in Germany? To what extent is the design course aimed at making a significant contribution to strengthening the common good? We examined these questions for the first time in 2022. The second study will be carried out in 2024.

Impulse 4: Leadership for Sustainability & Public Value

Leadership is one of the personal skills that are particularly important as so-called soft skills for successful professional practice. This aspect of personal development plays a crucial role in overcoming the challenges that arise from an orientation towards the common good. That's why this event is dedicated to values-based and sustainability-oriented leadership as well as public value.

Impulse 3: Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence was already identified by the design community in the white paper study (2015-2020) as a core competency for future designers. In this event, approaches to teaching this new technology in design education were developed.

Impulse 2: Personal development and personal growth

The most important demands for future design studies published in the 2021 White Paper include those that relate to aspects of personality development. The thesis is that professional success in the future will depend on personal qualities and skills that do not count as professional expertise in the narrower sense. This event focuses on resilience, emotional intelligence, analytical thinking and critical judgment in order to integrate these topics into design teaching.

Quo Vadi's design? (2013)

This free publication documents a multi-day event in which the status quo of design was critically questioned. It brings together four fundamental theses and marks the starting point for examining the future of design and thus design education through the iF Design Foundation.

Study on the future of design teaching (2015–2016)

The research project “Designing Design Education” started in 2015 with a simple question: Clearly, the professional practice of design is undergoing significant change. What consequences will this have for design teaching if it does not want to chase these changes but rather actively shape them? The first phase consisted of an inventory of the status of research and publications, the second phase consisted of 100 interviews on site in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Hearings (2019–2020)

The third research phase of the “Designing Design Education” project consisted of a series of multi-day events in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. In Gmund, Pasadena, Kyoto and Johannesburg, the invited participants responded to the findings of the 2016 study (“Around the World in 80 Questions”). Building on this, they developed different concepts for studying design that fit into the respective cultural, political and economic contexts.

Design studies in Germany: The course finder

All design courses at German universities can be researched on this platform: which courses are there, which universities offer them, are they private or state universities and many other questions are answered immediately here. The free offer is aimed specifically at anyone who is interested in studying design and would like up-to-date and independent guidance.