Creativity for a new era

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Increasingly, sustainability turns out to be a key factor for the success of our product culture. However, as a consequence of globally changing conditions - such as shortages of raw material resources and increasing consumption - the traditional concept of industrial design, as an essential element of that product culture, hardly seems to be viable in the long term. The present study poses the questions that address which success factors mostly influence the sustainability of products and which changes in the field of product design are necessary in order to foster these success factors by design. The results of the study confirm that designers are usually not professionally trained, neither on the job nor at university-level, to undertake the areas encompassing the success factors, nor do they have a significant influence on them. The aim of this study is to provide indications for the readjustment of design education in both form and in the development of new didactical measures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign 2014 Conference, NordDesign 2014
EditorsMiko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
PublisherAalto University
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781904670582
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event10th Biannual NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2014 - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 27 Aug 201429 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of NordDesign 2014 Conference, NordDesign 2014


Conference10th Biannual NordDesign Conference, NordDesign 2014


  • Design Education
  • Future of Design
  • Sustainability


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