20/20 Design Vision
The 11th National DEFSA Conference (and the 6th International DEFSA conference) was titled 20/20 Design Vision. A total of 23 papers were presented over a two-day period, addressing a range of topics that were pertinent to the conference theme. Of these papers 22 papers were accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.
In 2011, the Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary and in so doing, marked an important milestone in its reflection on design education from the past, present as well as visions for the future.
The conference theme offered participants the opportunity to focus on many interesting topics that ranged from an overview of the state of design education in the last 20 years to more importantly offering future visions beyond the present.
Reflective vision: "Hindsight is always 20/20" Billy Wilder
Undergraduate teaching and learning practices
Engaging with the design profession/industry
Design research projects or focus areas
Three dimensional vision: exploring the multi-dimensional design education landscape
Design and identity
Design and culture
Design and the human body
Cross- and multidisciplinary design collaborations
Interdisciplinary research and research focus areas
Peripheral vision: Exploring the outer boundaries that inform/overlap with design education
National and international collaborations
Cross- and/or multidisciplinary collaboration with the other disciplines
Synergies with peripheral disciplines or activities
Future vision: Future projections and strategies for design education
New approaches/perspectives for design education teaching and learning
Research methods and methodology for design education research
Evolving or emerging design education disciplines
New design education paradigms