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Re: Design Policy?; was: Design Policy in Canada Masters Research

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Peter Jones | Redesign <[log in to unmask]>

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PhD-Design - This list is for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design <[log in to unmask]>

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Gunnar - Dori Tunstall's work in the US Design Policy
http://www.designpolicy.org/ comes to mind.

The UK Design Council has been a design clearinghouse for their development
of the field, for many years:
http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/insight/policy/

Not having worked with these kinds of initiatives, I'm skeptical of the
focus of a "design policy." I'm in Toronto and I have trouble imagining what
the federal government would support as a design policy, and I'd at least
prefer to wait until there was a non-conservative government overseeing the
executive functions before initiating policy discussions (so perhaps
research for the next 2-3 years here is good!)  Does this mean Canadian
design as an industry consortium? 

I find the practices of design too wide-ranging, dynamic, and disparate to
have a meaningful sense of policy at the national level. I'm not sure other
design professionals or policy makers even understand what the purposes are.


I would prefer to focus on policy functions well understood in government.
Funding mandates would be useful for education (post-secondary design
education) and research (design research at the PhD level has very little
funding, as it does not fit scientific mandates).

Peter

Peter Jones, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Faculty of Design
Strategic Foresight and Innovation
OCAD University


-----Original Message-----
From: Gunnar Swanson [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 8:48 AM
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Subject: Design Policy?; was: Design Policy in Canada Masters Research

I'm never quite sure what people have in mind when they use the phrase
"design policy." Can anyone point me to a relatively terse description?


Gunnar
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Gunnar Swanson Design Office
1901 East 6th Street
Greenville NC 27858
USA

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http://www.gunnarswanson.com

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