Designing matters; designing minds: The importance of nurturing the designerly in young people

Prof Kay Stables
2008, Vol. 13, No. 3,


Design education, at face value, is often seen as being
vocational – that it is about educating the next generation of
designers. But all humans are ‘designerly’ by nature. We
have a predisposition to envision and create new future
realities in a way that has been described as an intrinsic and
defining characteristic of being human and that is vital for
cultural evolution. It is a capability that exists as innate

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