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Design for America: A Network of Students and Designers Solving Real-World Challenges- designforamerica wrote in Design, Education and Graphic Design
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? - Martin Luther King, Jr.”

When I was an engineering student, many of my professors assigned me to a team and asked us to solve invented problems, like how to propel a ball across a room using only cardboard and rubber bands or how to build the tallest structure out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Other professors asked us to design specific things, such as laparoscopic suturing devices or fetal monitoring devices. But my favorite professors allowed me to choose my team and encouraged us to find our own problems to work on. Those assignments were the ones that made me feel I was helping others most. As a design engineer, I wanted meaning—and I wanted to choose my team.
That was one source of inspiration for Design for America, or DFA.

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good:

Design for America: A Network of Students and Designers Solving Real-World Challenges
designforamerica wrote in Design, Education and Graphic Design

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? - Martin Luther King, Jr.”

When I was an engineering student, many of my professors assigned me to a team and asked us to solve invented problems, like how to propel a ball across a room using only cardboard and rubber bands or how to build the tallest structure out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Other professors asked us to design specific things, such as laparoscopic suturing devices or fetal monitoring devices. But my favorite professors allowed me to choose my team and encouraged us to find our own problems to work on. Those assignments were the ones that made me feel I was helping others most. As a design engineer, I wanted meaning—and I wanted to choose my team.

That was one source of inspiration for Design for America, or DFA.

Continue reading on good.is

There is a lack of rebelliousness and surprise. I also see this in students. I think we’re going through a period where the concept of a young person being rebellious is unusual. I think we’re going through a period where students in the U.K. are going to college not for an education but to get a job. And I see staff-to-student ratios of 1 to 100. One staff to 100 students—I find that shocking.

Legendary record sleeve designer Vaughan Oliver in How To Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, which also gave us timeless wisdom by design titans Massimo Vignelli and Paula Scher.  (via explore-blog)

“I think we’re going through a period where students…are going to college not for an education but to get a job.”

(Source: explore-blog)

Best lecture ever. Thanks Kali Nikitas #kaliswapupshop

Best lecture ever. Thanks Kali Nikitas #kaliswapupshop