Broadening assessment criteria and student awareness

Julian Lindley, Richard Adams

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We all know the need for society and designers to create a balanced or sustainable future. That is to meet demands of all stakeholders, whether they fall into the economic arena, environmental concerns or a cultural or social need. Just as no two design projects are alike no two projects meet the same sustainable criteria. There are tools and strategies available to designers to both develop and assess 'eco designs' which in themselves are different from the bigger picture of sustainability. However there is a tendency, particularly amongst students, to see main stream commercial design as different from eco-design. This is coupled by governments and the media reducing sustainability to purely material use and climate change. Sustainability is still seen as a 'bolt on' rather than an integral part of design. Every project will have some level of sustainable consequence. There is a need for designers to take responsibility and both understand and control the impact of their work. Moreover design briefs need to be analysed, questioned and agendas prioritised through a sustainable lens. There is a need for a better framework than the traditional Venn diagram to outline what sustainable design is in relation to practical work. This paper explores ways in which students can contextualise work and understand the implications and aspirations inherent in briefs. Working visually, through a collection of diagrams, they balance the demands of stakeholders and gain an insight into what is both necessary and possible within design projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs of the 15th Int Conf on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Education - Growing Our Future, EPDE 2013
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education - Growing Our Future, EPDE 2013 - Dublin, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sept 20136 Sept 2013


Conference15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education - Growing Our Future, EPDE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Assessment
  • Reflection
  • Sustainability


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