Design Dedication: Adaptive Mentalities in Design Education

Design Dedication makes a plea for adaptive mentalities within design pedagogy, with a non-normative approach to design practices. It explores an attitude in and towards design education that is socially engaged, politically aware, generous in approach, lyrical in tone, experimental in form and collaborative in practice.


How can wetalk about and bring out the political that’s inherent in the work that design students are doing? What are the underlying values of such a pedagogy? What kind of practices are developed in that context? It is essential thatdesigners understand how to leverage their position and expertise to take astance in contemporary discussions. This book starts from the premise of allowing and facilitating (design) students to develop a socially involved andpolitically aware work practice that relates to current events. This way, design becomes a means and medium to deal with reality and to relate to complex truths.

Design becomes an emancipatory instrument and even a form of resistance to the status quo. Design Dedication investigates how an educational institute can support and safeguard development among its students and reflects on how the institute can take responsibility in this regard. This vision of training the student has consequences for the way in which the educational infrastructure in which teachers and students come together is set up. The context in which they can meet, influences the way in which students are able to exchange ideas and collaborate. The Sandberg Institute’s Design Department took these considerationsas a starting point; to avoid hierarchy in the training and to rely on the strength of the collective, with values such as trust and generosity at its core.

Design Dedication reaches out to design students, designers, artists, and teachers who are opento questioning their own practices and reformulating values in design education for a yet unpredictable, but surely dedicated tomorrow.

Interwoven with the text, this book contains a wide selection of interesting images, all of works and projects developed at or within the framework of the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (The Sandberg Institute provides the Master’s degree programs at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie).

Design Dedication: Adaptive Mentalities in Design Education
Editor: Annelys de Vet
Contributors: Hannes Bernard, Michèle Champagne, Rana Ghavami, Anja Groten, Agata Jaworska, Anastasia Kubrak, Sherida Kuffour, Gui Machiavelli, Daniel van der Velden, Annelys de Vet and many others
Design: Tessa Meeus & Alex Walker 2020, Valiz with Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam | paperback | 192 pp. | 23,5 x 17 cm (h x w) | English |
ISBN 978-94-92095-73-2