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The Pedagogy of Design in the Age of Computation

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Parsons Communication Design Symposium:

The Pedagogy of Design in the Age of Computation

December 7, 2018, 1–5 PM

Parsons School of Design

63 5th Ave., Rm. UL 102, NYC

Open to Public – Please RSVP

Over the last twenty years, design education has had an evolving but uneasy relationship with code. Graphic and communication design programs in the late 1990s were already struggling with the idea that designers would use computers to design, so the idea that students could be taught to code—or should be taught to code—was deferred indefinitely. In the meantime, dozens of adjacent programs in new media and creative technologies sprung up to fill the gap, with many designers and artists finding their first experiences with code in those programs, while other designers elected to learn on their own, or not at all.

Twenty years later, it’s still an open question how, or whether, the surging number of students studying graphic and communication design should learn to code. Despite the increasing “program or be programmed” urgency in contemporary culture, there are new challenges. Computer interfaces are increasingly opaque, dampening both understanding and curiosity. Students pressured into narrow definitions of “career” struggle to find relevance in learning methods, techniques, and theory that don’t fit neatly into specific job titles, and even the embrace of “digital design” has taken a turn towards prototyping rather than designing digital experiences. As a result, there have been many innovations in teaching code in K-12 environments, or to artists, but learning to code is still seen as alien to the design context, even if it is nothing new.

In this symposium, we bring together designers, programmers, and educators to unpack their approaches and philosophies towards code and pedagogy in design. How did we get here and where do we go from here? What do we owe to the students?

https://parsons.github.io/pedagogy-of-design-in-the-age-of-computation/

Panelists

Atıf Akın, Associate Professor in Design at Rutgers University

Taeyoon Choi, Co-founder, School for Poetic Computation

Rik Lomas, Founder and CEO, SuperHi

Mindy Seu, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for the Internet and Society

Moderated by

Juliette Cezzar, Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons

Student Presenters

Rijk van Zanten, MPS Communication Design

Jack Rieger, BFA Communication Design

Organized by

E Roon Kang, Director, BFA Communication Design

Brendan Griffiths, Director, MPS Communication Design

Poster Design by

Katherine Leisy

Presented by Parsons Communication Design.

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Event Type

Conferences and Symposia

Audience

Students, Alumni, General Public, Faculty, Staff, Prospective Students

Theme

Art and Design, Education and Learning

School

Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology

Cost

Free

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