To what extent do design degree programs contribute to the common good?

What is the public value of design degree programs in Germany? The iF Design Foundation was investigating this question in Germany for the first time, using a broad survey conducted amongst students, staff, teachers and alumni of German design schools.

To conduct this study, the iF Design Foundation collaborated with Prof. Dr. Timo Meynhardt, a leading international expert in the academic discourse on the subject of public value. He holds the Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Timo Meynhardt has developed the Public Value Atlas, which analyzes and evaluates the contribution of companies and organizations to the common good of societies.

The goal of the project is to publish a study that creates transparency for design degree programs in Germany. Further components of the study include the qualitative analysis of data published by the universities (module handbooks) and statistical data.

All former and current students, staff and teachers of German design schools were invited to participate in the academic survey on the "Public Value of Design Degree Programs". The results will be made publicly available free of charge in late summer 2022.

Everyone who participated in the survey also entered our prize draw: the iF Design Foundation gave away 50 hand-printed posters by typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann.