interview: the future of design education

Computer Arts magazine gathered a round table of practitioners and academics to discuss the future of UK design education for an article that can be found in this month’s printed edition.

All of us assembled were passionate about the current state of education in the UK, where the various design disciplines are headed, as well as how design is being understood and deployed by wider communities in business and government.

Stories were shared on experiences starting out as interns and juniors, needs and expectations as creative directors, and those of us who also teach described the value gaining experience for individual students and the value in close ongoing connections and symbiotic relationship between the demand side of the design industry and the supply from courses, tutors and universities.


A younger designer in the group, Elspeth Belden, wrote a piece on her insights from the interview and article for her studio Neoco. Sadly, the article skimmed the surface of the discussion instead of reflecting the depth covered on the day, and mis-quoted participants in a search for sound bytes. It was dismissive of Elspeth’s viewpoint and other less-experienced professionals, which is a sad reflection of the editorial culture at the magazine, particularly when given a topic that young designers looking for encouragement will pay a lot of attention to.